Paper 2

Collins, H. M., (1981) `Son of Seven Sexes: The Social Destruction of a Physical Phenomenon’, Social Studies of Science, 11, 33-62.


Drawing of stick figures with speech bubbles discussing experiments.

How, given the problem of the experimenter’s regress, did the dispute over Weber’s early findings come to an end around 1975?

For Weber and his supporters it never did. For others it was a matter of strong and forthright, published, negative interpretation of essentially ambivalent results: (“My result could indicate no GW or it could be my lack of skill.”) Garwin made the first published unambivalent statements which seemed to trigger a similar response from others.

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