An Appraisal of the Controversial Nature of the Oil Drop Experiment: Is Closure Possible?

@article{Niaz2005AnAO,
  title={An Appraisal of the Controversial Nature of the Oil Drop Experiment: Is Closure Possible?},
  author={Mansoor Niaz},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={56},
  pages={681 - 702}
}
  • M. Niaz
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • History
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Acceptance of the quantization of the elementary electrical charge (e) was preceded by a bitter dispute between Robert Millikan (1868–1953) and Felix Ehrenhaft (1879–1952), which lasted for many years (1910–25). Both Millikan and Ehrenhaft obtained very similar experimental results and yet Millikan was led to formulate the elementary electrical charge (electron) and Ehrenhaft to fractional charges (subelectron). There have been four major attempts to reconstruct the historical events that led… 

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