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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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This gedankenexperiment led to his first published paper, at age 16, titled "The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields," and eventually to the creation of the theory of relativity.
Thus, at a time of preparation t = [t.sub.0] of a Gedankenexperiment the energy of our system may be selected as equal to one of the real and time-dependent eigenvalues of our Hamiltonian h.
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Experimental realization of EPR-Bohm gedankenexperiment: A new violation of Bell's inequalities.
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(6) However, these discussions were purely theoretical and only employed 'Gedankenexperiment (thought experiment)'.
Inspired by gravitational wave physics and Einstein's notion of Gedankenexperiment (thought experiment), this installation interprets the tracery patterns of the orbits of black holes and the outgoing gravitational wave of this astronomical event.
What follows is a thought experiment, the type of so-called 'gedankenexperiment' that Einstein and his contemporaries would often engage in to mind-test their hypotheses as they were working through them, and most often without equipment that could even demonstrate that the hypotheses were or were not correct!
That is an irrelevant "Gedankenexperiment": even the most desirable decisions or actions of even an omnipotent minister could be reversed after one year.