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Do Mutants Die of Natural Causes? Do Mutants Die of Natural Causes? <i>The Case of Atomic Parity Violation</i> <i>The Case of Atomic Parity Violation</i> <i>Allan Franklin</i>

Allan Franklin

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/10.1093/0195117255.003.0011
 Do Mutants Die of Natural Causes?  Do Mutants Die of Natural Causes?  The Case of Atomic Parity Violation   The Case of Atomic Parity Violation   Allan Franklin

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Andrew Pickering’s Constructing Quarks claims that the scientific community’s evaluation of atomic parity violation experiments was determined by career considerations, and not the quality of the experimental observations. This essay argues that scientists had good evidential reasons to accept atomic parity violation as a strong confirmation of the Weinberg-Salam Standard Model of weak interactions.

Keywords: Andrew Pickering; Constructing Quarks; career interests; atomic parity violation; Weinberg-Salam; standard model

Chapter.  6947 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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