Thomas Kuhn

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  • Birth

    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Epiphany on Aristotle

    Kuhn realized Aristotle had almost no understanding of physics while reading his work. He realized that Aristotle's theories, although different, were also still correct. This idea and realization later became the basis of his most famous writing, "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions".
  • PhD

    Kuhn received his PhD in physics from Harvard
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    Thomas Kuhn released The Structure of Scientific Revolutions while working as a professor of science at Berkeley. Although it was originally published as article, it has now become one of the most cited academic books of all time. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn8cCDtVd5w)
  • Paradigm Shifts

    Kuhn's biggest contribution to philosophy of science was describing paradigm shifts. He stated that science did not advance linearly, but with leaps forward that caused a shift in scientific thought and caused monumental leaps forward in scientific progress.
  • The Trouble with the Historical Philosophy of Science

    Kuhn wrote The Trouble with the Historical Philosophy of Science based on his views of the outcome scientific experiments. Kuhn stated that the outside influences, reputation, and personality are all determining factors on whether or not a scientific method will be accepted by the general scientific community or not.
  • Death

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    Professor of Philosophy at MIT

    Kuhn joined MIT as a Laurance Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy