Article ID: CBB000070638

The resolution of discordant results (1995)


Description “In this paper I will examine four episodes from the history of recent physics: (1) the suggestion of a Fifth Force, a modification of Newton's law of gravitation; (2) early attempts to detect gravitational radiation (gravity waves); (3) the claim that a 17-keV neutrino exists; and (4) experiments on atomic-parity violation and on the scattering of polarized electrons and their relation to the Weinberg-Salam unified theory of electroweak interactions. In each of these episodes discordant results were reported, and a consensus was later reached that one result--or set of results--was incorrect. I will examine the process of reaching that consensus.”

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Authors & Contributors
Kessler, Michael
Wertheimer, Jürgen
Norton, Bernard J.
Deacon, Desley
Funk, Rainer
Bonss, Wolfgang
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies
Struct. Chem.
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society
Francke Verlag
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
Social psychology
Structural chemistry
Oil; natural gas
Environmental hygiene; Human ecology
X-ray crystallography
Pearson, Karl
Fisher, Ronald Aylmer
Parsons, Elsie Clews
Fromm, Erich
Werner, Alfred
Kruyt, Hugo Rudolph
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
North America: United States; Canada
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Great Britain
India; Pakistan
The Netherlands: Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg
Schlumberger Limited (firm)
Royal Society of London

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