Remembering the oil-drop experiment

  title={Remembering the oil-drop experiment},
  author={M. F. Perry},
  journal={Physics Today},
In their memoirs, Robert Millikan and Harvey Fletcher describe what happened during the months leading up to their now-famous measurements on charged droplets. But intriguing differences in the accounts make it unclear just who made the key contributions. 
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Über die elektrische Elmentarladung und die Avogadrosche Konstante = On the elementary electrical charge and the Avogadro Constant
The experiments herewith reported were undertaken with the view of introducing certain improvements into the oil-drop method [1] of determining e and N and thus obtaining a higher accuracy than hadExpand
Harvey Fletcher's role in the creation of communication acoustics.
  • J. Allen
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 1996
Harvey Fletcher is described as the singular intellectual force in the development of present-day communication acoustics and telephony, which is absolutely unsurpassed. Expand
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