reply to post by ThePublicEnemyNo1
While I understand the reasoning behind your dislike of repetition, it does serve a very important purpose, where experimentation is concerned.
Let me give you an example. If a person decided to monitor ONE lightning storm, with devices designed for the purpose of measuring the wattage output
of individual bolts of lightning, and measured just ONE bolt of lightning, then their entire understanding of the phenomenon would be based around
that single incident. Statistically speaking, that methodology is flawed, for many reasons. First, no two bolts of lightning have the exact same
characteristics, in terms of power, frequency and so on. Also, not all storms are created equal. One kind of storm, at one time of year, will behave
totally differently to another type of storm, at another time of year. So, if one is to learn a significant amount about lightning, one has to measure
the power of not only one individual bolt of lightning, but many bolts, from many different storms.
Repeating experiments gives the scientist the ability to say that his or her results are not mere anomaly, and THAT means that the data they have
gained from the exercise can be used to build theories which might lead to either better experiments, and greater understanding, or technologies which
utilise the same functions of physics or chemistry, or whatever science is involved, to achieve a particular end. For example (not a popular one, I
will admit), nuclear power was conceived only after many explorations had been enacted, into the behavior of the split atom.
It does mean that good solid science, requires time and effort, and much re-treading of old ground, but that is the way that good results, which can
teach us something about the physical universe, are acquired. It is why deep space telescopes continue to scan the depths of the void, why people
STILL look at viruses down microscopes, and why there are two satellites engaged in a long dance with the sun, measuring every blip, spot, and flare
that it throws out.