The Neglect of Experiment by Allan Franklin

By Allan Franklin

What function have experiments performed, and may they play, in physics? How does one come to think rationally in experimental effects? The overlook of test makes an attempt to supply solutions to either one of those questions. Professor Franklin's technique combines the targeted research of 4 episodes within the heritage of 20th century physics with an exam of a few of the philosophical matters concerned. The episodes are the invention of parity nonconservation ( or the violation of reflect symmetry) within the Fifties; the nondiscovery of parity nonconservation within the Nineteen Thirties, while the result of experiments indicated, at the very least on reflection, the symmetry violation, however the importance of these effects was once no longer discovered; the invention and attractiveness of CP ( mixed parity-charge conjugations, paricle-antiparticle) symmetry; and Millikan's oil-drop test. Franklin examines some of the roles that test performs, together with its function in identifying among competing theories, confirming theories, and calling fo new theories. the writer argues that you'll be able to offer a philosophical justification for those roles. He contends that if test performs such vital roles, then one should have reliable cause to think in experimental effects. He then offers with deveral difficulties relating such reslults, together with the epistemology of test, how one involves think rationally in experimental effects, the query of the effect of theoretical presuppositions on effects, and the matter of clinical fruad. This unique and critical contribution to the learn of the philosophy of experimental technological know-how is an outgrowth of decades of study. Franklin brings to this paintings greater than a decade of expertise as an experimental high-energy physicist, together with his major contributions to the background and philosophy of science.

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