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

By A. Franklin

In this choice of essays Allan Franklin defends the view that technology presents us with wisdom concerning the international that's in keeping with experimental proof and on reasoned and demanding dialogue. briefly, he argues that technological know-how is a cheap firm.
He starts off with targeted reports of 4 episodes from the historical past of contemporary physics: (1) the early makes an attempt to discover gravity waves, (2) how the physics group determined proposed new simple particle, 17-keV neutrino, didn't exist, (3) a series of experiments on okay meson decay, and (4) the origins of the 5th strength speculation, a proposed amendment of Newton's legislation of common Gravitation.
The case reports are then used to ascertain matters similar to how discord among experimental effects is resolved, calibration of an experimental equipment and its valid use in validating an experimental end result, and the way experimental effects supply moderate grounds for trust in either the reality of actual theories and within the life of the entities enthusiastic about these theories.
This ebook is a problem to the critics of technology, either postmodern and constructivist, to supply convincing substitute factors of the episodes and matters mentioned. it's going to be of curiosity to philosophers, historians, and sociologists of technological know-how, and to scientists themselves.

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Douglass fust pointed out that there was an error in one of Weber's computer programs. 1 sec time bin of a 1000 bin record is erroneously taken by the computer program as in coincidence with the next above-threshold event in channel B, and is ascribed to the time of the later event. Douglass showed that in a four-day tape available to him and included in the data of (Weber 1973), nearly all of the so-called 'real' coincidences of 1-5 June (within the 22 April to 5 June 1973 data) were created individually by this simple programming error.

Weber in (Shaviv and Rosen 1975), pp. " NOTES I Collins offers two arguments concerning the difficulty, if not the virtual impossibility of replication. The first is philosophical. What does it mean to replicate an experiment? In what way is the replication similar to the original experiment? A rough and ready answer is that the replication measures the same physical quantity. Whether or not it, in fact, does so can, I believe, be argued for on reasonable grounds, as discussed below. Collins' second argument is pragmatic.

Epistemological criteria were reasonably applied to decide between Weber's result and those of his critics. I have also argued that although calibration was not decisive in the case of gravity wave detectors, nor should it have been, it is often a legitimate and important factor, and may even be decisive, in determining the validity of an experimental result. Both the argument about the impossibility of replication and the lack of criteria in deciding the validity of experimental results fail. The history of gravity wave detectors does not establish what Collins claims it does.

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