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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Can that be Right?

Essays on Experiment, Evidence, and Science

Authors: Franklin, A.

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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.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Constructivism, Postmodernism, and Science

    Franklin, Allan

    Pages 1-11

  • How to Avoid the Experimenters’ Regress

    Franklin, Allan

    Pages 13-38

  • The Appearance and Disappearance of the 17-Kev Neutrino

    Franklin, Allan

    Pages 39-96

  • Instrumental Loyalty and the Recycling of Expertise

    Franklin, Allan

    Pages 97-131

  • The Rise of the “Fifth Force”

    Franklin, Allan

    Pages 133-148

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Can that be Right?
Book Subtitle
Essays on Experiment, Evidence, and Science
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
199
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-5334-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-5334-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5464-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-6242-8
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 318
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