The issue of perhaps greatest concern to historians of science today is the internalist-externalist dichotomy. This volume directly addresses that issue, at the same time providing a context for the serious study of heterodox science and scientific theories. The book consists of four studies, each of which considers the response of a scientific community to an unconventional theory or claim: the acausal physics of Heisenberg; Wegener's geological theory of continental drift; acupuncture; and the statistical argument for extrasensory perception. As they reveal a wide range of reactions to orthodoxy, the studies themselves exemplify the range of approaches the historian may use in examining scientific unconventionality.
About the Editor and Authors -- Introduction /Seymour H. Mauskopf -- 1 The Reception of an Acausal Quantum Mechanics in Germany and Britain /Paul Forman -- 2 The Reception and Acceptance of Continental Drift Theory as a Rational Episode in the History of Science /HenPy FrankeZ -- 3 Reception of Acupuncture by the Scientific Community: From Scorn to a Degree of Interest /John z. Bowers -- 4 The Controversy over Statistics in Parapsychology 1934-1938 /Seymour H. Mauskopf and MichaeZ R. McVaugh -- 5 Discussion: On the Reception of Unconventional Scientific Claims /MarceUo Truzzi -- References.