The perils of Perrin, in the hands of philosophers

  title={The perils of Perrin, in the hands of philosophers},
  author={Bas C. van Fraassen},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
The story of how Perrin’s experimental work established the reality of atoms and molecules has been a staple in (realist) philosophy of science writings (Wesley Salmon, Clark Glymour, Peter Achinstein, Penelope Maddy, …). I’ll argue that how this story is told distorts both what the work was and its significance, and draw morals for the understanding of how theories can be or fail to be empirically grounded. 
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