Remembering the oil-drop experiment

  title={Remembering the oil-drop experiment},
  author={Michael 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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Doing it differently: attempts to improve Millikan’s oil-drop experiment
Millikan’s oil-drop experiment is one of the classic experiments from the history of physics. Due to its content (the determination of the elementary charge) it is also among those experiments that
Mobilizing US physics in World War I
In applying their research to wartime problems, US physicists changed the relationship between physics, the military, and the government.
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The Conceptual, Cunning, and Conclusive Experiment in Psychology
  • Stijn Debrouwere, Y. Rosseel
  • Psychology
    Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science
  • 2021
It is explained why it is believed that psychology is fundamentally incompatible with hypothesis-driven theoretical science and that this erodes the logic behind recent proposals to improve psychological research, such as stricter statistical standards, preregistration, and replication.


The Conservative Mode: Robert A. Millikan and the Twentieth-Century Revolution in Physics
O OBERT A. MILLIKAN'S ENTRANCE into the physics profession spanned critical discontinuities. Trained in the methods and theories of classical optics, electromagnetism, and mechanics during the early
A Center for Science. (Book Reviews: Millikan's School. A History of the California Institute of Technology.)
Written in honour of its centenary, this history of Caltech explores its contribution to science and technology by providing profiles of its most famous scientists, such as von Karman in aeronautics,
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 had
The discovery of the electron
There are many moves to enliven and interpret physics teaching by incorporating some history of science. However, lack of suitable resources often proves an obstacle for teachers. A workshop at the
Harvey Fletcher's role in the creation of communication acoustics.
  • J. Allen
  • Physics
    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.
to H
  • Fletcher, 30 January
  • 1912
to R
  • Millikan, 23 October
  • 1917
Goodstein, Millikan’s School: A History of the California
  • Insti tute of Technology,
  • 1991