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Thomas S. Kuhn

(1922 - 1995) Scientist

 



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Paradigms; Philosophy; Science

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn Thomas Kuhn's (1922 - 1995) theory of scientific revolution was a landmark in 20th-century intellectual history. His book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was conceived while he was still a graduate student in theoretical physics and was published in 1962. The book dispelled the widely held view that scientific change was a strictly rational process. His view was that science was not a steady, cumulative acquisition of knowledge. Instead, he saw it as "a series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions." in which "one conceptual world-view was replaced by another." He called these world-views "paradigms".

His ideas influenced not only scientists but also economists, historians, sociologists and philosophers and initiated considerable debate. His book has sold over one million copies in 16 languages and is required reading in many basic courses in the history and philosophy of science.

Dr. Kuhn was a professor of philosophy and history of science at MIT from 1979 to 1983 and the Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy from 1983 until 1991. He was the author or co-author of five books and scores of articles on the philosophy and history of science.

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  On people, stimuli and sensations by ThomasáS.áKuhn (1922 - 1995) Scientist



Quotations from Thomas S. Kuhn:

 If two people stand at the same place and gaze in the same direction, we must, under pain of solipsism, conclude that they receive closely similar stimuli.

But people do not see stimuli; our knowledge of them is highly theoretical and abstract. Instead they have sensations, and we are under no compulsion to suppose that the sensations of our two viewers are the same ...

Among the few things that we know about it with assurance are: that very different stimuli can produce the same sensations; that the same stimulus can produce very different sensations; and, finally, that the route from stimuli to sensation is in part conditioned by education.

ThomasáS.áKuhn, (1922 - 1995) Scientist
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