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Buchwald J.Z., Franklin A. (ed.) Wrong for the Right Reasons

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Buchwald J.Z., Franklin A. (ed.) Wrong for the Right Reasons
Springer, 2005. — 228 p. — (Archimedes, Vol. 11).
The rapidity with which knowledge changes makes much of past science obsolete, and often just wrong, from the present's point of view. We no longer think, for example, that heat is a material substance transferred from hot to cold bodies. But is wrong science always or even usually bad science? The essays in this volume argue by example that much of the past's rejected science, wrong in retrospect though it may be - and sometimes markedly so - was nevertheless sound and exemplary of enduring standards that transcend the particularities of culture and locale.
Introduction: Beyond Disunity and Historicism (by Jed Buchwald and Allan Franklin).
In order that we should not ourselves appear to be adjusting our estimates . . . to make them fit some predetermined amount (by Alexander Jones).
Ptolemy’s Theories of the Latitude of the Planets in the Almagest, Handy Tables, and Planetary Hypotheses (by N. M. Swerdlow).
Alchemy and the Changing Significance of Analysis (by William R. Newman and Lawrence M. Principe).
Descartes and the Heart Beat: A Conservative Innovation (by Marjorie Grene).
Skating on the Edge: Newton’s Investigation of Chromatic Dispersion and Achromatic Prisms and Lenses (by Alan E. Shapiro).
Was Wrong Newton Bad Newton? (by George E. Smith).
Visual Photometry in the Early 19th Century: A Good Science with Wrong Measurements (by Xiang Chen).
An Error Within a Mistake? (by Jed Buchwald).
The Konopinski–Uhlenbeck Theory of β Decay: Its Proposal and Refutation (by Allan Franklin).
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