Article ID: CBB000045647

Franck and Hertz versus Townsend: A study of two types of experimental error (1989)


Description “In this paper I shall argue that the contrast between the so-called success of Franck and Hertz--`so-called' since their original conclusion was in error--and the failure of Townsend illustrates a categorical distinction between two types of error that may occur in the execution of an experiment: an error on the level of interpretation and an error in the background theory or method.”

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Authors & Contributors
Lemmerich, Jost
Hon, Giora
Price, Matt
Pippard, Brian
McDonough, Richard
Maier-Leibnitz, Heinz
Physics in Perspective
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau
Journal for General Philosophy of Science
Verlag für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und der Technik
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz
Oxford University Press
Ellert & Richter
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Experiments and experimentation
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Hertz, Heinrich Rudolph
Franck, James
Hertz, Gustav
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Born, Max
Weyl, Hermann
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
Hamburg (Germany)
North America
Great Britain
Göttingen. Universität
Oxford University
University of Chicago

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