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Theory-laden experimentation. / Schindler, Samuel.

I: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, Bind 44, Nr. 1, 2013, s. 89–101.

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Schindler, S 2013, 'Theory-laden experimentation', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, bind 44, nr. 1, s. 89–101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.07.010

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Schindler, S. (2013). Theory-laden experimentation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 44(1), 89–101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.07.010

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Schindler S. 2013. Theory-laden experimentation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 44(1):89–101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.07.010

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Schindler, Samuel. "Theory-laden experimentation". Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 2013, 44(1). 89–101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.07.010

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Schindler S. Theory-laden experimentation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 2013;44(1):89–101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.07.010

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Schindler, Samuel. / Theory-laden experimentation. I: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 2013 ; Bind 44, Nr. 1. s. 89–101.

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