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

Author: Kent W Staley
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers both a historical and philosophical perspective on an important recent discovery in particle physics: evidence for the elementary particle known as the top quark. At the same time  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kent W Staley
ISBN: 0521827108 9780521827102
OCLC Number: 243517151
Description: xvi, 343 pages : illustrations
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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