Monday, March 24
In both science and engineering, it is not uncommon to spend considerable time and resources calibrating equipment to make and verify a single measurement, only to find oneself saying, what the hell, that can't be right.
Posted by: Mikeski at Tuesday, March 25 2014 07:38 AM (Zlc1W)
There have been such cases, however. In the 40's engineers working on radar noticed that sometimes their equipment picked up all kinds of noise and sometimes it didn't. After long and careful analysis they determined that it was noisy when the center of the Milky Way was high in the sky (whether in day or at night) and once they figured that out, they no longer had to worry about whether their equipment was failing.
But it was news to scientists, and founded the entire field of radio astronomy.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tuesday, March 25 2014 10:37 AM (+rSRq)
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