In No Easy Answers, Allan Franklin offers an accurate picture of
science to both a general reader and to scholars in the humanities
and social sciences who may not have any background in physics.
Through the examination of nontechnical case studies, he
illustrates the various roles that experiment plays in science. He
uses examples of unquestioned success, such as the discoveries of
the electron and of three types of neutrino, as well as studies
that were dead ends, wrong turns, or just plain mistakes, such as
the \u201cfifth force,\u201d a proposed modification of Newton's
law of gravity. Franklin argues that science is a reasonable
enterprise that provides us with knowledge of the natural world
based on valid experimental evidence and reasoned and critical
discussion, and he makes clear that it behooves all of us to
understand how it works.
University of Pittsburgh Press
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