Going Wrong: To Make a Mistake, to Fall Into an Error

Review of Metaphysics 49 (1):3 - 20 (1995)
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It is ironic that the prototype of the oscilloscope--for that is what Hertz's apparatus amounted to--should be instrumental in demonstrating that cathode rays have no closer relation to electricity than has light produced by an electric lamp. Indeed, Hertz argued that since "cathode rays are electrically indifferent,... the phenomenon most nearly allied to them is light."
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