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The evidence for the top quark : objectivity and bias in collaborative experimentation

Author: Kent W Staley
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Evidence for the Top Quark offers both an historical and a philosophical perspective on an important research discovery in particle physics - the first evidence for the elementary particle known as the top quark. Drawing on published reports, oral histories, and internal documents from the large collaboration that performed the experiment, Kent Staley explores in detail the controversies and politics that
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kent W Staley
ISBN: 0521827108 9780521827102
OCLC Number: 51942544
Description: xvi, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 about "evidence" --
6. A model of the experiment : error-statistical evidence and the top quark --
7. Bias, uncertainty, and evidence.
Responsibility: Kent W. Staley.
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