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Wrong theory--right experiment: The significance of the Stern-Gerlach experiments (1995)


Description “Because of its status in the history of physics as a famous experiment, and its many uninvestigated ramifications, the Stern-Gerlach experiment [on the quantization of angular momentum] provides an excellent opportunity for the study of the relationship between theory and experiment. The results of the Stern-Gerlach experiments, and many others based on a Stern-Gerlach apparatus, were theory-guided, not theory-determined.”

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Authors & Contributors
Rigden, John S.
Tarozzi, Gino
Cao, Tian Yu
Schweber, Silvan Sam
Norton, John D.
Achinstein, Peter
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences
Revue de Synthèse
British Journal for the History of Science
State University of New York Press
Oxford University Press
Quantum mechanics
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Philosophy of science
Theoretical physics
Quantum chemistry
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Stern, Otto
Einstein, Albert
Gerlach, Walther
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Rabi, Isidor Isaac
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
20th century, late
19th century

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