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  1. Allan Franklin (2010). Gravity Waves and Neutrinos: The Later Work of Joseph Weber. Perspectives on Science 18 (2):pp. 119-151.
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  2. Allan Franklin (2010). The Machine Speaks Falsely. Spontaneous Generations 4 (1):71-84.
    How can one determine if an experimental apparatus is giving an incorrect result, if it is speaking falsely? An interesting example of this occurred in the experimental investigation, in the early twentieth century, of the energy spectrum of electrons emitted in β decay. Meitner and her collaborators (1911), using photographic detection, found that all the electrons emitted by a single radioactive element were monoenergetic. Chadwick (1914), on the other hand, using either an ionization chamber or a Geiger counter, found a (...)
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  3. Allan Franklin, Are the Laws of Physics Inevitable?
    Social constructionists believe that experimental evidence plays a minimal role in the production of scientific knowledge, while rationalists such as myself believe that experimental evidence is crucial in it. As one historical example in support of the rationalist position, I trace in some detail the theoretical and experimental research that led to our understanding of beta decay, from Enrico Fermi’s pioneering theory of 1934 to George Sudarshan and Robert Marshak’s and Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann’s suggestion in 1957 and 1958, (...)
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  4. Allan Franklin (2008). Is Failure an Option? Contingency and Refutation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (2):242-252.
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  5. Allan Franklin (2007). Experiment in Physics. In Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  6. Allan Franklin (2005). [Book Review: Gravity's Shadow: The Search for Gravitational Waves]. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 72 (4):647-650.
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  7. Allan Franklin (2005). The Evidence for the Top Quark: Objectivity.. Philosophy of Science 72 (4):659-661.
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  8. Allan Franklin (2005). George Levine, a Sympathetic and Critical Commentator on Science, Once Asked,''What If Important Scientific Discoveries Were Often Made Because the Scientist Wanted Something to Be True Rather Than Because He or She Had Evidence to Prove It True?''(Levine 1987, 13). In This Chapter I Tell the Story of Emil Konopinski, Who in the 1930s Was a Coauthor of an Alternative to Fermi's Theory of Β Decay. Although His Theory Initially Seemed to Be Supported by the Existing Experimental Evidence, Further Work ... [REVIEW] In Noretta Koertge (ed.), Scientific Values and Civic Virtues. Oup Usa. 120.
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  9. Allan Franklin (2002). Fisica y Experimentacion. Theoria 17 (2):221-242.
    In this paper I examine the roles that experiment plays in science. Experiment can test theories, but it can also call for a new theory. Experiment can also provide hints about the mathematical form of a theory. Likewise it can provide evidence for the existence of the entities involved in our theories. Finally, it may also have a life of its own, independent of theory. I will illustrate these roles using episodes from the history of contemporary physics. I will also (...)
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  10. Allan Franklin (2002). Física y experimentación. Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 17 (44):221-242.
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  11. Allan Franklin (2002). Selectivity and Discord: Two Problems of Experiment. University of Pittsburgh Press.
    Specifically, Allan Franklin is concerned with two problems in the use of experimental results in science: selectivity of data or analysis procedures and the resolution of discordant results.
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  12. Allan Franklin & Colin Howson (1998). Comment on "the Structure of a Scientific Paper" by Frederick Suppe. Philosophy of Science 65 (3):411-416.
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  13. Frederick Suppe, Allan Franklin & Colin Howson (1998). Comment on The Structure of a Scientific Paper. Philosophy of Science 65 (3):411-416.
     
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  14. Allan Franklin (1997). Recycling Expertise and Instrumental Loyalty. Philosophy of Science 64 (4):52.
    In this paper I will examine the history of the first three, of a sequence of five, experiments performed by the Mann-O'Neill collaboration at the Princeton-Pennsylvania Accelerator. The experiments were conducted over a period of four years and measured aspects of K+ meson decay. Each of the experiments was done with essentially the same basic apparatus, with modifications for each of the specific measurements. We will see the increasing expertise of the experimenters as the experiments progressed. The third measurement was (...)
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  15. Allan Franklin (1995). The Resolution of Discordant Results. Perspectives on Science 3:346-420.
     
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  16. Allan Franklin (1994). Commentary on the Papers of Davis Baird, Peter Kroes, and Michael Dennis. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:452 - 457.
    One important point that has emerged from recent work on the history and philosophy of experiment is that technology plays an integral role in experiment, and therefore in science. Technology determines what experimenters can measure and how well it can be measured. The importance of technology, along with several new questions that its use raises, has been made quite clear in the papers presented in this session.
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  17. Allan Franklin (1994). How to Avoid the Experimenters' Regress. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 25 (3):463-491.
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  18. Colin Howson & Allan Franklin (1994). Bayesian Conditionalization and Probability Kinematics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (2):451-466.
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  19. Allan Franklin (1993). Discovery, Pursuit, and Justification. Perspectives on Science 1:252-284.
     
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  20. Allan Franklin (1993). Experimental Questions. Perspectives on Science 1:127-46.
     
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  21. Allan Franklin (1993). The Rise of the 'Fifth Force'. In. In S. French & H. Kamminga (eds.), Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics. Kluwer. 83--103.
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  22. Allan Franklin (1992). Review. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 43 (2):283-285.
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  23. Colin Howson & Allan Franklin (1991). Maher, Mendeleev and Bayesianism. Philosophy of Science 58 (4):574-585.
    Maher (1988, 1990) has recently argued that the way a hypothesis is generated can affect its confirmation by the available evidence, and that Bayesian confirmation theory can explain this. In particular, he argues that evidence known at the time a theory was proposed does not confirm the theory as much as it would had that evidence been discovered after the theory was proposed. We examine Maher's arguments for this "predictivist" position and conclude that they do not, in fact, support his (...)
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  24. Allan Franklin (1990). Do Mutants Have to Be Slain, or Do They Die of Natural Causes?: The Case of Atomic Parity Violation Experiments. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:487 - 494.
    In this paper I will reexamine the history of the early experiments on atomic parity violation, presenting both Pickering's interpretation and an alternative explanation of my own. I argue that, contrary to Pickering, there were good reasons for the decision of the physics community. I will also explore some of the differences between my view of science and that proposed by the "strong programme" or social constructivist view in the sociology of science.
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  25. Allan Franklin (1990). Experiment, Right or Wrong. Cambridge University Press.
    In Experiment, Right or Wrong, Allan Franklin continues his investigation of the history and philosophy of experiment presented in his previous book, The Neglect of Experiment. In this new study, Franklin considers the fallibility and corrigibility of experimental results and presents detailed histories of two such episodes: 1) the experiment and the development of the theory of weak interactions from Fermi's theory in 1934 to the V-A theory of 1957 and 2) atomic parity violation experiments and the Weinberg-Salam unified theory (...)
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  26. Allan Franklin (1988). How Nancy Cartwright Tells the Truth. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 39 (4):527-529.
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  27. Allan Franklin & Colin Howson (1988). It Probably is a Valid Experimental Result: A Bayesian Approach to the Epistemology of Experiment. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 19 (4):419-427.
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  28. Allan Franklin (1986). Experiment and the Development of the Theory of Weak Interactions: Fermi's Theory. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:163 - 179.
    The fallibility and corrigibility of experimental results, and of the confirmation or refutation based on those results, is illustrated in the 1930's history of Fermi's theory of decay. Early results favored the competing theory of Konopinski and Uhlenbeck. It was found that there were experimental difficulties along with an incorrect theoretical comparison. When the experiments were corrected and the proper theoretical calculations made, the evidence favored Fermi and refuted Konopinski and Uhlenbeck. The relevance of known evidence for confirmation and the (...)
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  29. Allan Franklin (1985). Book Review:Scientific Explanation and Atomic Physics Edward M. MacKinnon. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 52 (3):481-.
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  30. Allan Franklin & Colin Howson (1985). Newton and Kepler, a Bayesian Approach. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 16 (4):379-385.
  31. Colin Howson & Allan Franklin (1985). A Bayesian Analysis of Excess Content and the Localisation of Support. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (4):425-431.
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  32. Allan Franklin (1984). Are Paradigms Incommensurable? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (1):57-60.
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  33. Allan Franklin (1984). Review: The Epistemology of Experiment. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (4):381 - 390.
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  34. Allan Franklin (1984). The British Society for the Philosophy of Science. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (4).
     
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  35. Allan Franklin (1984). The Epistemology of Experiment. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 35 (4):381-390.
  36. Allan Franklin & Colin Howson (1984). Why Do Scientists Prefer to Vary Their Experiments? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 15 (1):51-62.
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  37. Allan Franklin (1983). Reviews. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 34 (2):190-192.
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  38. Allan Franklin (1982). Cooper's Evidence for Faster-Than-Light Particles. Foundations of Physics 12 (12):1181-1182.
    Cooper has claimed to have found evidence for faster-than-light particles by reanalyzing the data of Chamberlain et al. in their paper reporting the discovery of the antiproton. A careful reanalysis of this same data gives no evidence to support Cooper's claim.
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  39. Allan D. Franklin (1981). What Makes a 'Good' Experiment? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 32 (4):367-374.
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  40. Allan Franklin (1979). The Discovery and Nondiscovery of Parity Nonconservation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 10 (3):201-257.
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