Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996)

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  • Education

    Education
    Thomas Kuhn was born on July 18, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an American Philosopher and is well known for his book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn held a master's degree in physics but began to lose interest in physics and later obtained his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University.
  • The Copernican Revolution

    The Copernican Revolution
    In 1957 he wrote his first book The Copernican Revolution. He studied Copernicus's heliocentric theory and taught a course based on the book to his students. Kuhn, Thomas S. The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought. Harvard University Press, 1957.
  • Early Career

    Early Career
    Thomas Kuhn began teaching the History of Science at the University of California at Berkeley. This is where he began to develop his revolutionary book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, here the term paradigm shift would change science forever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6TfDHYFPiE
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    In 1962 Kuhn's book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was published. He recognized the difference between the physical sciences and the social sciences and this is where his famous paradigm shift began. He describes four phases, normal science, model crisis, the model revolution, and paradigm change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdG5z0Xj-Hg
    Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. The University of Chicago Press, 1962.