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The Rise and Fall of the Fifth Force: Discover, Pursuit, and Justification in Modern Physics

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Reading like a detective story, this work discloses the curious history of the dramatic rise and swift fall of the concept of the Fifth Force a proposed modification of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation and one of the most heralded physics theories in recent memory. While discussing the origin and fate of this short-lived concept, the author provides a fascinating analysis of the ways in which scientific hypotheses in general are promulgated and pursued.

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Discloses the curious history of the quick advance and swift demise of the "Fifth Force," a proposed modification of Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation and one of the most publicized physics hypotheses in recent memory. While discussing the origin and fate of the short-lived concept, the author delivers an analysis of the ways in which scientific hypotheses in general are promulgated and pursued. Taking aim at the "social constructivist" view of science, which posits social and professional interests as the primary engines behind hypothesis-making, the author proposes an "evidence model" of science.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [129]-138) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781563961199
Author:
Franklin, Allan
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Gravitation
Subject:
Hypothesis.
Subject:
Physics-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
85126
Publication Date:
19930431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
150
Dimensions:
9.61x6.39x.66 in. .93 lbs.

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