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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, 2011, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView 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: 9780521827102 0521827108 9780521174251 0521174252
OCLC Number: 890128063
Description: 343 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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.
Responsibility: Kent W. Staley.

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