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thought experiment

n.
An imagined sequence of events that is used to illustrate or investigate the consequences of a given action or condition, especially in philosophy and theoretical physics.

[Translation of German Gedankenexperiment : Gedanke, thought + Experiment, experiment.]
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myšlenkový experiment
Gedankenexperiment
ajatuskoe
esperimento mentale
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We may take Buhler's "Uber Gedanken" to illustrate the kind of results arrived at by such methods.
'Ich wage die Gedanken in der Schale meines Zornes und die Werke mit dem Gewichte meines Grimms.' I like it!"
(13.) Robert Ley, "Gedanken zur Altersversorgung III.
He presented "Die Gedanken Sind Frei," or "Thoughts are Free" at the Doosan Art Center in May, which was more about the artist's role in this cosmopolitan world as a first of his "Berlin Commentary" trilogy.
Il neolaureato dall'universitAaAaAeA di Bo le lasciAaAaAeA anche un quadernetto, Gedanken (Pensieri), datato 1890, cui i due avevano annotato poesie che Pirandello man mano traduceva per lei e in cui si erano scambiati liriche di carattere sentimentale e canzoni italiane.
Wave-particle duality is further exemplified in Wheeler's delayed-choice Gedanken Experiment (,978b).
Kapitel werden einige einfiihrende Gedanken zur politischen und kulturellen Situation Agyptens nach der Eroberung durch Augustus geau[ss]ert.
A dala, 2010, 64; Gedanken an lexikalische ostseefinnische Eigenheiten des Lettischen); "Finno-Ugric Borrowings in Latvian (Problems of Research)" (--The Baltic Languages and the Nordic Countries (Papers presented at the conference held at the University of Oslo Faculty of Humanities Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian studies June 19-20, 2009)).
We also put forward a gedanken experiment which involves a pair of strings put on both sides of the future Rindler horizon in order to show that the equivalence principle remains valid for an observer in free fall.