Offering an historical and philosophical perspective on an important recent discovery in particle physics, the first evidence for the elementary particle known as the top quark, this study draws on published reports, oral histories, and internal documents. Kent Staley explores in detail the controversies and politics that surrounded the major scientific result. His book defends an objective theory of scientific evidence based on error probabilities.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Origins of the third generation of matter; 2. Building a detector and a collaboration to run it; 3. Doing physics: CDF closes in on the top; 4. Writing up the evidence: The evolution of a result; 5. Run Ib: 'Observation' of the top quark, and second thoughts and 'evidence'; 6. A model of the experiment: Error statistical evidence and the top quark; 7. Bias, uncertainty, and evidence; Epilogue.