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Comment 35 by Mr DArcy :

Well science has some say about the shape of electrons "real" or not. Now whether or not the instruments are up to it, I couldn't possibly say, but at least this activity has progressed my understanding of electrons.

They used an instrument based on lasers to do the investigation. Now, how do lasers work? What is the theory behind their operation?

Don't get me wrong, I am a realist when it comes to the existence of electrons. However there are problems when it comes to entities which are not directly observable or rely on instrumentation for observations. It is a truism in philosophy of science that all observations are theory laden.

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:51:12 UTC | #938299