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Diagnosing Disagreements: The Authentication of the Positron 1931 - 1934

Crețu, Ana-Maria (2019) Diagnosing Disagreements: The Authentication of the Positron 1931 - 1934. [Preprint]

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This paper bridges a historiographical gap in accounts of the prediction and discovery of the positron by combining three ingredients. First, the prediction and discovery of the positron are situated in the broader context of a period of ‘crystallisation’ of a research tradition. Second, the prediction and discovery of the positron are discussed in the context of the 'authentication’ of the particle. Third, the attitude of the relevant scientists to both prediction and discovery are conceptualised in terms of the idea of 'perspectives’. It will be argued that by examining the prediction and discovery of the positron in the context of authentication within a period of crystallisation, we can better understand disagreements regarding the positron between relevant scientists (Dirac, Bohr, and Pauli) in the period 1931-34.


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Crețu, Ana-Mariad.cretuanamaria@gmail.com
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Keywords: Research traditions, the Positron, Authentication, Crystallisation, Perspectives
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Ana-Maria Crețu
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 13:51
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 13:51
Item ID: 16541
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 14 October 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16541

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