The Philosopher Thomas Kuhn of 1922 - 1996

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  • Thomas' Birth

    Thomas Kuhn was born on July 18, 1922 in Cincinnati ,Ohio. His parents are Samuel L Kuhn and Minette Stroock who are both Jewish.
  • Thomas' Background

    Thomas' Background
    Thomas attended The Taft School of Watertown, CT, in 1940. There he discovered his fascination with mathematics and physics, leading him to obtain a Bachelors degree in physics from Harvard University in 1943. He went on to complete a Masters and PhD in physics in 1946 and 1949.
  • The Paradigm Shift

    The Paradigm Shift
    Thomas Kuhn had identified the concept of paradigm shifts and what it took for one to happen. A paradigm shift characterized a scientific revolution and normal science as explained in Kuhn's book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions".
  • "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"

    "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"
    Thomas Kuhn wrote this book on the history of science and challenged the time period's view of "normal science". His book also covered conceptual issues such as the influence of historical events, emergence of scientific discoveries, and nature of scientific revolutions. Kuhn's book introduced a realistic humanism in the core of science.
  • "Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity"

    "Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity"
    Thomas Kuhn had a handful of works that he had written, one of them being "Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity" which discussed the development of quantum mechanics. His book was said to be "masterly" and "differs from traditional history of science less in the kind of explanation offered and more in the vast erudition and scholarly attention to detail displayed". (Bird 2000)
    Bird, Alexander (2000). Thomas Kuhn. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 1, 215, 281, 299
  • The Death of Thomas Kuhn

    Prior to his death, Thomas had married twice and had three children to Jehane R. Kuhn. in 1994 Thomas Kuhn was diagnosed with lung cancer and after approximately two years of hard fighting and perseverance, he died.