thought experiment


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Recent Examples on the Web Einstein’s Train-and-Embankment Thought Experiment In the 20th century, thought experiments played a key role in defining a physics revolution. Kat Friedrich, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2023 Why Trust Us? Twenty years ago, a young artificial intelligence researcher named Eliezer Yudkowsky ran a series of low-stakes thought experiments with fellow researchers on internet relay chat servers. Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2023 More than 100 technical publications exist on this puzzle, and almost every person who hears about the Sleeping Beauty thought experiment develops their own strong opinion. Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 4 May 2023 But some ideas are, for now, only thought experiments: a result, many say, of political gridlock and policy inertia. Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2023 And that thought experiment will prepare them for a lifetime of success, influence, and positive reflection on you. Carrie McCrossen, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2022 Twilight finale and thought experiment Breaking Dawn sold 1.3 million copies in its first day, while the Fifty Shades spinoff Grey moved 1.1 million copies in its first four days. Vulture, 25 Oct. 2022 That’s an interesting thought experiment, given the ongoing debate over the fate of California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant and similar facilities around the country. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 This clever thought experiment launched an entire field of research, connecting information to energy. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2010 See More

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thought experiment was in 1854

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“Thought experiment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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