Previous: Conservative or realistic uncertainty
Finally, I would like to conclude with my favourite quotation
concerning measurement uncertainty, taken from the ISO Guide :
``Although this Guide
provides a framework for assessing
uncertainty, it cannot substitute for critical
thinking, intellectual honesty, and professional skill. The evaluation
of uncertainty is neither a routine task nor a
purely mathematical one; it depends on detailed knowledge
of the nature of the measurand and of the measurement.
The quality and utility of the uncertainty quoted for the result of a
measurement therefore ultimately depend on the understanding,
critical analysis, and integrity of those who contribute to
the assignment of its value.''