Article ID: CBB000830786

Atom's Empirical Eve: Methodological Disputes and How to Evaluate Them (2007)

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This paper examines the debate in the late 19th and early 20th centuries over the acceptability of atomic and molecular physics. It focuses on three prominent figures: Maxwell, who defended atomic physics, Ostwald, who initially rejected it but changed his mind as a result of experiments by Thomson and Perrin, and Duhem, who never accepted it. Each scientist defended the position he did in the light of strongly held methodological views concerning empirical evidence. The paper critically evaluates each of these methodological positions.

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Description On the late 19th- and early 20th-century debate over the acceptability of atomic and molecular physics. Focuses on Maxwell, Ostwald, and Duhem.


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Authors & Contributors
Bordoni, Stefano
Cat, Jordi
Nersessian, Nancy J.
Brenner, Anastasios A.
Stump, David J.
Ryckman, Thomas A.
Journals
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
HOPOS
Hyle
European Physical Journal H
Publishers
Aracne
Edizioni ETS
Concepts
Physics
Philosophy of science
Philosophy
Thermodynamics
Epistemology
Biographies
People
Duhem, Pierre
Maxwell, James Clerk
Mach, Ernst
Ostwald, Friedrich Wilhelm
Boltzmann, Ludwig
Kelvin, William Thomson, Baron
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Places
Europe
France
Great Britain
Prague (Czechia)
United States
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