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When Experiments Fail <i>Is “Cold Fusion” Science as Normal?</i> When Experiments Fail <i>Is “Cold Fusion” Science as Normal?</i> <i>William J. McKinney</i>

William J. McKinney

in A House Built on Sand

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780195117257
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785995 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195117255.003.0009
 When Experiments Fail Is “Cold Fusion” Science as Normal?   When Experiments Fail Is “Cold Fusion” Science as Normal?   William J. McKinney

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Collins and Pinch contend that the cold fusion episode illustrates their claim that the evaluation of science hypotheses is strongly influenced by the interests of the parties concerned instead of epistemic factors. This essay looks at this case in detail, and concludes that it offers no support for the Science, Technology, and Society Studies (STS) account.

Keywords: Collins; Pinch; cold fusion; interests model; The Golem; Pons; Fleischmann

Chapter.  8284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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