Subelectrons, Presuppositions, and the Millikan-Ehrenhaft Dispute

  title={Subelectrons, Presuppositions, and the Millikan-Ehrenhaft Dispute},
  author={Gerald Holton},
  journal={Hist Stud Phys Sci},
  • G. Holton
  • Published 1978
  • Physics
  • Hist Stud Phys Sci
History and Philosophy of Science as a Guide to Understanding Nature of Science
Nature of science (NOS) is considered to be a controversial topic by historians, philosophers of science and science educators. It is paradoxical that we all teach science and still have difficulties
An Appraisal of the Controversial Nature of the Oil Drop Experiment: Is Closure Possible?
  • M. Niaz
  • History
    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 2005
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
Against Correspondence: A Constructivist View of Experiment and the Real
  • A. Pickering
  • Philosophy
    PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
  • 1986
Contemporary philosophical debate on realism revolves around the interpretation of theories well confirmed by experiment. This paper seeks to rebalance the debate by focussing attention upon
Data and phenomena
It is suggested that many of the observations found in this literature about the openness, complexity, and imperfectly understood character of experimental systems reflect real structural facts about testing, explanation, and theory-structure that deserve more attention from philosophers of science than they have hitherto received.
Majorana Anyon Composites in Magneto-Photoluminescence Spectra of Natural Quantum Hall Puddles
In magneto-photoluminescence (magneto-PL) spectra of quasi two-dimensional islands (quantum dots) having seven electrons and Wigner–Seitz radius rs~1.5, we revealed a suppression of magnetic field
SCIENTIFIC FRAUD Part I: Definition, General Concepts, Historical Cases
Scientific fraud still lacks a precise, universally accepted definition: the borders between unambiguously established fraud, errors, misconduct are uncertain: this frequently complicates decisions
Reducing Subjectivity in the Likelihood
Some scientists prefer to exercise substantial judgment in formulating a likelihood function for their data. Others prefer to try to get the data to tell them which likelihood is most appropriate. We
Handling Anomalous Data in the Lab: Students’ Perspectives on Deleting and Discarding
Results from the survey of Danish chemistry students shows that many students engage in certain types of questionable practices, and that a large minority of the students have been actively encouraged by their teachers to engage in such practices.
Understanding Epistemological Anarchism (Feyerabend) in Research Reported in Reference Work
This chapter evaluates research reported in the International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (HPST). HPST is the first handbook ( 978-94-007-7653-1)