Home Page for Allan Franklin, 
Dept. of Physics

Professor Ph.D. Cornell University, 1965


Professor Franklin's research is on the history and  philosophy of science, with particular emphasis on the role of experiment in physics. He has done historical studies on parity nonconservation, CP-violation, and  Millikan's oil drop experiment. On the philosophical side, he has worked on the Duhem-Quine problem,  the question of how one can localize support or refutation, and on confirmation theory, using a Bayesian approach. He has also discussed an epistemology of experiment, a set of strategies that provide rational belief in experimental  results. These strategies distinguish between a valid experimental result and an artifact created by the experimental  apparatus. More recently he has worked on the fallibility and corrigibility of experimental results and the resolution of discordant results. He has also completed studies of the interaction of theory and experiment in the development of the theory of weak interactions from Fermi to V-A, a history of atomic parity violation experiments and their relation to the Weinberg- Salam unified theory of electroweak interactions. He gas also worked on the history of the "Fifth Force" in gravity and a review of the history of the proposed 17-keV neutrino. He has written a history of the neutrino, from its proposal in 1931 to the present and his most recent book Selectivity and Discord: Two Problems of Experiment deals with the issues of experimenter bias and of the resolution of discordant experimental results.

Selected Publications

     The Neglect of Experiment, (Cambridge University Press, 1986).
     "Experiment, Theory, Choice and the Duhem-Quine Problem" in Theory and Experiment,
     D. Batens and J.P. van Dendegem (eds.), D. Reidel Publishing Co. (1988).
     Experiment, Right or Wrong (Cambridge University Press, 1990).
     "The Appearance and Disappearance of the 17-keV Neutrino," Reviews of Modern
     The Rise and Fall of Fifth Force (New York: American Institute of Physics, 1993)
     Can That Be Right? Essays on Experiment, Evidence, and Science. (Dordrecht: Kluwer
     Academic Publishers (1999)

Are There Really Neutrinos? An Evidential History (Perseus Books, 2000)

Selectivity and Discord: Two Problems of Experiment (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002)

For a recent article on "Experiment in Physics" click here.

   I am a professor in the Physics Department.
Allan Franklin
phone  (303) 492-8610
FAX  (303) 492-2998
e-mail  Allan.Franklin@colorado.edu
address  Dept. of Physics 
University of Colorado

CB 390 
Boulder, CO 80309 USA

University of Colorado.