Thomas Kuhn Born July 18, 1922 - June 17, 1996

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  • Education and teaching.

    Education and teaching.
    Thomas Kuhn received his bachelors degree in 1943. Then received his masters degree in 1946. Both degrees in physics. All attending Harvard University. Then received his Ph.D in 1949. Between 1951-1956 Thomas Kuhn taught history or philosophy of science at Harvard, the University of California at Berkeley in 1964-1979 and then Massachusetts Institute or Technology in 1979-1991. With all this knowledge, set Thomas Kuhn up for success and changing the future that we live in today.
  • First book, Copernican Revolution.

    First book, Copernican Revolution.
    Thomas Kuhn wrote his first book in 1957, called the Copernicans Revolution. Kuhn studied the heliocentric theory of the solar system during the renaissance. The Copernican Revolution was the paradigm model of the heavens which describes the cosmos as having earth stationary of the universe to the heliocentric model where the sun was the center of the solar system. This was a huge change in science. This is another great accomplishment of Thomas Kuhn.
  • Second book, Structure of Scientific Revolution.

    Second book, Structure of Scientific Revolution.
    Kuhn wrote this book about the history of science which focused on conceptual issues such as the practice of normal science, historical event significance, scientific discoveries, and revolutions. Kuhn argued for an episodic model where there are periods of cumulative progress which he referred to as "normal science" that were interrupted by revolutionary periods of science. By discovering these anomalies during revolutions in science opened the door for new paradigms.
  • Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity was published

    Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity was published
    In this book, Kuhn talks about the idea of quantum radiation became a part of physics in the 20th century. It provides an overview of the ideas of the early quantum theories. He proposed that the folk history of quantum mechanics was all wrong.