Temptations of theory, strategies of evidence: P. M. S. Blackett and the earth's magnetism, 1947–52

  title={Temptations of theory, strategies of evidence: P. M. S. Blackett and the earth's magnetism, 1947–52},
  author={Mary Jo Nye},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={69 - 92}
  • M. Nye
  • Published 1 March 1999
  • Physics
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
In the late spring of 1947, the experimental physicist P. M. S. Blackett succumbed to the temptations of theory. At this time, Blackett (1897–1974) was fifty years old. He was a veteran of the Cavendish tradition in particle physics and he was on his way to an unshared award of the 1948 Nobel Prize for his experimental researches in nuclear physics and cosmic-ray physics. His photographs of cloud-chamber tracks of alpha particles, protons, electrons and positrons were well known to… 
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