Nonfiction | September 01, 1988

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“Science walks forward on two feet, namely theory and experiment,” wrote American scientist Robert Millikan on the occasion of receiving the Nobel Prize for physics in 1924.  “Sometimes it is one foot which is put forward first, sometimes the other, but continuous progress is only made by the use of both, by theorizing and then testing, or by finding new relations in the process of experimenting and then bringing the theoretical foot up and pushing it on beyond, and so on in unending alterations.”

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