Thomas Kuhn (July 18, 1922-June 17, 1996)

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  • The Copernican Revolution

    The Copernican Revolution
    The development of the heliocentric theory of the solar system during the Renaissance.
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
    He argued that scientific research and thought are defined by "paradigms" or conceptual world-views, that consist of formal theories, classic experiments, and trusted methods.
  • Contribution

    Thomas Kuhn's books revolutionized the history and philosophy of science, and his concept of paradigm shift was extended to such disciplines as political science, economics, sociology, and even business management. Kuhn's concept of paradigm shift is a fundamental change in the basic concepts and experimental practices of a scientific discipline. Kuhn suggested that until there is a significant paradigm shift, scientist "discover" what they expect to see, scientist are puzzle solvers.
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    Collection of Essays

    The Essential Tension, in which he emphized the importance of tradition in science.

    The technical study Black- Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, he dives into surveying the development of quantum mechanics