The lesson is that no matter how plausible a theory seems to be, experiment gets the final word.
Robert L. Park. 2000. Voodoo Science. New York: Oxford University Press.
∽ Chapter 9 Overview ∽
The performance of a measurement system is determined by how well it responds to its inputs. The output signal from any measurement system component can, and most likely will, lag in time and/or differ in magnitude from its input signal. This leads to misinterpreting the data if the system’s performance is not assessed correctly.
The response characteristics of all measurements system components can be described mathematically. Physical laws determine their designs and responses. Almost all of their input/output relationships ...