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Can that be Right? : Essays on Experiment, Evidence, and Science - A. Franklin

Can that be Right?

Essays on Experiment, Evidence, and Science

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1998
ISBN: 9780792354642
Number Of Pages: 318

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In this collection of essays Allan Franklin defends the view that science provides us with knowledge about the world which is based on experimental evidence and on reasoned and critical discussion. In short, he argues that science is a reasonable enterprise.
He begins with detailed studies of four episodes from the history of modern physics: (1) the early attempts to detect gravity waves, (2) how the physics community decided that a proposed new elementary particle, 17-keV neutrino, did not exist, (3) a sequence of experiments on K meson decay, and (4) the origins of the Fifth Force hypothesis, a proposed modification of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.
The case studies are then used to examine issues such as how discord between experimental results is resolved, calibration of an experimental apparatus and its legitimate use in validating an experimental result, and how experimental results provide reasonable grounds for belief in both the truth of physical theories and in the existence of the entities involved in those theories.
This book is a challenge to the critics of science, both postmodern and constructivist, to provide convincing alternative explanations of the episodes and issues discussed. It should be of interest to philosophers, historians, and sociologists of science, and to scientists themselves.

Preface
Case Studies
How to Avoid the Experimenter's Regress
The Appearance and Disappearance of the 17-Kev Neutrino
Instrumental Loyalty and the Recycling of Expertise
The Rise of the `Fifth Force'. The Roles of Experiment
There are no Antirealists in the Laboratory
Discovery, Pursuit, and Justification
The Resolution of Discordant Results
Calibration
Laws and Experiment
Postscript
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780792354642
ISBN-10: 0792354648
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 30th November 1998
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.38