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thought experiment

n.
An imagined sequence of events that is used to illustrate or investigate the consequences of a given action or condition, especially in philosophy and theoretical physics.
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Gedanken experiments have played a major role in building support for Kirchhoff's Law of Thermal Emission [1,2].
When properly analyzed, Gedanken experiments reveal that Kirchhoff's law of the thermal emission cannot be valid.
Consider the scheme of a Gedanken experiment for a measuring cell filled with a gas (Fig.
It is important to note that Bohr's responses to Einstein's gedanken experiments were based on measurements arguments, which acted as a barrier to any further analysis beyond that consideration.
In the past, these scientists turned generally to Gedanken experiments that are tested in the imagination of scientists, but laboratory experiments are becoming more plausible.