Thomas Kuhn (18 July 1922-17 June 1996)

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  • Thomas Kuhn Begins his Pursuit of Science

    Thomas Kuhn Begins his Pursuit of Science
    It was in the fall of 1940 that Thomas Kuhn began his study of physics. Although he actually struggled early in his college career, he went on to graduate early with summa cum laude honors in 1943. Kuhn also gained additional experience working for his college newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.
  • Kuhn's Study of War

    Kuhn's Study of War
    It was in the summer of 1943 that Kuhn decided to join the Harvard-based group known as the Radio Research Laboratory. This was a theoretical group that worked to develop countermeasures against enemy radar. He would later go on to join a Royal Air Force officer in France to study captured German radar installations.
    Source:
    "Thomas Kuhn." Famous Scientists. famousscientists.org. 12 Jun. 2017. Web. 12/7/2019
    <www.famousscientists.org/thomas-kuhn/>.
  • The Concept of a Paradigm Shift

    The Concept of a Paradigm Shift
    It was 1962 when Kuhn coined his famous concept of a paradigm shift. This is essentially the change in approach to a given idea or theory. Kuhn had contemplated this concept for many years prior, but first mentioned it in his book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions."
    Kuhn, Thomas. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press, 1962.
    Source:
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2018, plato.stanford.edu/entries/thomas-kuhn/.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH_kXuhRIoQ
  • The Concept of Incommensurability

    The Concept of Incommensurability
    In 1962 Kuhn also writes of the concept of incommensurability. This is a term used to describe paradigms that extremely different views of the same idea or subject. This concept of incommensurability became widely used in the philosophy and history of science.
    Source:
    "Thomas Kuhn." Famous Scientists. famousscientists.org. 12 Jun. 2017. Web. 12/7/2019