Publication Date

1975

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Albright, Carl H.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Physics

LCSH

Weak interactions (Nuclear physics)

Abstract

We analyze the history of weak interactions tracing the developments from Fermi's B-decay through the unification of weak and electromagnetic interactions of the Weinberg-Salam SU(2) x U(l) model. As it is our contention that the philosophy and history of science be necessarily technical, we concentrate on both the mathematic and conceptual evolution of weak interaction theory. After demonstrating that the recent methodologies of Kuhn and Lakatos are not useful by themselves in the history of science, we modify them and present our own methodology. We justify our methodology by analyzing our historical and mathematical account according to this new methodology.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.

Extent

vi, 161 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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