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Franklin, Allan D

Professor Emerita/Emeritus


  • Professor Emerita/Emeritus, Physics

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  • Professor Franklin's research is on the history and philosophy of science, with particular emphasis on the role of experiment in physics. His historical studies include parity nonconconservation, CP-violation, and Millikan's oil drop experiment. On the philosophical side, he has worked on the Duhem-Quine problem, the question of how one can localize support or refutation, and on confirmation theory, using a Bayesian approach. He has also discussed an epistemology of experiment, a set of strategies that provide rational belief in experimental results. These strategies distinguish between a valid experimental result and an artifact created by the experimental apparatus. His most recent book, 'Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy,' is on the history of genetics. His book 'Shifting Standards: Experiment in Particle Physics in the Twentieth Century has been published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.


  • History and philosophy of science, particularly on the roles of experiment


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