Going Amiss in Experimental Research by Giora HonGoing Amiss in Experimental Research by Giora Hon

Going Amiss in Experimental Research

EditorGiora Hon

Paperback | October 22, 2010

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Like any goal-oriented procedure, experiment is subject to many kinds of failures. These failures have a variety of features, depending on the particulars of their sources. For the experimenter these pitfalls should be avoided and their effects minimized. For the historian-philosopher of science and the science educator, on the other hand, they are instructive starting points for reflecting on science in general and scientific method and practice in particular. Often more is learned from failure than from confirmation and successful application. The identification of error, its source, its context, and its treatment shed light on both practices and epistemic claims. This book shows that it is fruitful to bring to light forgotten and lost failures, subject them to analysis and learn from their moral. The study of failures, errors, pitfalls and mistakes helps us understand the way knowledge is pursued and indeed generated. The book presents both historical accounts and philosophical analyses of failures in experimental practice. It covers topics such as "error as an object of study", "learning from error", "concepts and dead ends", "instrumental artifacts", and "surprise and puzzlement".This book will be of interest to historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science as well as to practicing scientists and science educators.
Title:Going Amiss in Experimental ResearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.04 inPublished:October 22, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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IntroductionGiora Hon, Jutta Schickore, and Friedrich SteinleError as an object of studyGiora HonError: The long neglect, the one-sided view, and a typologyJutta SchickoreError as historiographical challenge: The infamous globule hypothesis Learning from errorErez Braun and Shimon MaromLearning without error Giora HonLiving extremely flat: the life of automaton; John von Neumann's conception of error of (in)animate systemsConcepts and dead endsHans-Jörg RheinbergerExperimental reorientations Kärin Nickelsen and Gerd GraßhoffConcepts from the bench: Krebs and the Urea cycle Friedrich SteinleHow experiments make concepts fail: Faraday and magnetic curves Kostas Gavroglu A pioneer who never got it right: James Dewar and the elusive phenomena of coldInstrumental artifactsWendy ParkerDistinguishing real results from instrumental artifacts: The case of the missing rainJan FrercksGoing right and making it wrong: The reception of Fizeau's ether-drift experiment of 1859Allan FranklinThe spectrum of ß  decay: continuous or discrete? A variety of errors in experimental investigationSurprise and puzzlementChristoph HoffmannThe scent of filth: Experiments, waste, and the set-upUrsula KleinIn the thick of organic matter EpilogueGiora Hon, Jutta Schickore, and Friedrich Steinle