Can That Be Right?: Essays on Experiment, Evidence, and Science

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Kluwer Acad. Publ., 1999 - Science - 313 pages
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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. 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.

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Contents

HOW TO AVOID THE EXPERIMENTERS REGRESS
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THE APPEARANCE AND DISAPPEARANCE OF
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INSTRUMENTAL LOYALTY AND THE RECYCLING
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Allan Franklin is professor in the Department of Physics at University of Colorado. He is the author of numerous books, including "Are There Really Neutrinos? An Evidential History; Selectivity and Discord: Two Problems of Experiment;" and "No Easy Answers: Science and the Pursuit of Knowledge.
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A. W. F. Edwards was R. A. Fisher's last student. He is professor of biometry (emeritus) at Cambridge University. His work includes "Likelihood; Foundations of Mathematical Genetics; Pascal's Arithmetical Triangle: The Story of a Mathematical Idea"; and "Cogwheels of the Mind: The Story of Venn Diagrams.
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Daniel J. Fairbanks is professor of plant and wildlife sciences and dean of undergraduate education at Brigham Young University. He is the author of "Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA" and coauthor of "Genetics: The Continuity of Life,"
Daniel L. Hartl is Higgins Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He has authored or coauthored twenty books including "Human Genetics; Principles of Population Genetics; Primer of Population Genetics; Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes; "and "Essential Genetics: A Genomics Perspective."
Teddy Seidenfeld is H. A. Simon Professor of Philosophy and Statistics in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is coauthor of "Rethinking the Foundations of Statistics.

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