Bridgman, Percy W. Formerly, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nobelist.
Holton, Gerald Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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The empirical method is not sharply defined. It is generally characterized by the collection of a large amount of data before much speculation as to their significance, or without much idea of what to expect, and is to be contrasted with more theoretical methods in which the collection of empirical data is guided largely by preliminary theoretical exploration of what to expect. The empirical method is necessary in entering hitherto completely unexplored fields, and becomes less purely empirical as the acquired mastery of the field increases. Successful use of an exclusively empirical method demands a higher degree of intuitive ability in the practitioner.
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