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Information and Experimental Knowledge$
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James Mattingly

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226804644

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226804781.001.0001

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Hertz and Cathode Rays

Hertz and Cathode Rays

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(p.78) 7 Hertz and Cathode Rays
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Information and Experimental Knowledge
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James Mattingly

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226804781.003.0008

This chapter investigates attempts to replicate Hertz's cathode ray experiments by Thomson and Perrin and concludes that they did replicate them. Buchwald's and Chen's views of the situation are discussed, and the chapter establishes that the right way to think about historical cases of replication should focus on the knowledge generating capacities of the experiments rather than the material resources of the experimentalists.

Keywords:   Heinrich Hertz, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Joseph John Thomson, Jed Buchwald, Ruey-Lin Chen, material resources, knowledge generation, experimental questions

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