Session H14: History and Philosophy of Science

10:45 AM–12:21 PM, Sunday, May 3, 2009
Room: Plaza Court 4

Sponsoring Unit: FHP
Chair: Dan Kleppner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract ID: BAPS.2009.APR.H14.6

Abstract: H14.00006 : X-Ray Astronomy Discovery Experiments, II

11:57 AM–12:09 PM

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  P.C. Fisher
    (Ruffner Associates, LTD.)

Paper I provided proof of concurrent discovery experiments at the start of cosmic x-ray source studies.\footnote{P. C. Fisher, BAPS \textbf{53} No. 2, 165 (2008).} It was noted that since the Lockheed discovery was postulated before any source was observed, that discovery was of equal or greater importance to the start of such studies than the discovery of Sco X-1. Illusions about the nonexistence of the Lockheed discovery that may have been caused by organizers\footnote{S. B. Pikelner \textit{et al.}, \textit{Transactions of the IAU} (L. Perek ed.), D. Reidel, Dordrecht/Holland and Springer-Verlag, New York \textbf{XIIIA}, p. 179 (1968).} and invited reviewers\footnote{H. Friedman, \textit{op cit}, p.180.}$^,$\footnote{R. Giacconi, \textit{op cit}, p. 184.} of a meeting, and related events (including\footnote{A. E. Whitford, private communication (1975).} and,\footnote{R. Giacconi, \textit{Les Prix Nobel}, Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden, p. 114 (2003).} will be described. This paper's goal is to have the American Institute of Physics require members to properly credit contributions of others.

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