with Pratima Satish and Zarek Brot-Goldberg
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Scarlet City Espresso Bar
Chemistry done with computers
How to Do Science Without Experimental Control (If You Must)
The word ‘science’ typically conjures up the image of a scientist carefully executing a controlled experiment in a sterile laboratory. However, many important questions cannot be studied in a lab setting. In this talk, we first explore why having experimental control is often considered the gold standard for science. We will then discuss how researchers who cannot run controlled experiments–including economists, epidemiologists, and astronomers–use alternative methods to understand phenomena in their fields.