Thomas Samuel Kuhn (1922–1996)

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  • Graduates Harvard

    Although he did initially completed both his bachelor’s (1943) as well as his master’s (1946) degrees in physics at Harvard University, Kuhn eventually obtained his Ph.D in history of science (1949) at the mere age of just 25 years old.
  • The Copernican Revolution

    Just after leaving the University of Harvard to work a post at the University of California at Berkeley, Kuhn went on to publish his first book in 1957 which was titled "The Copernican Revolution". In this first book, Kuhn would detail the problems with the Ptolemaic system, and would go on to dissect Copernicus’ solution to them.
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    While at the University of California at Berkeley, Kuhn proposed a draft of his book to his colleague, fellow philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend. Kuhn eventually published his book titled "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" in 1962 as part of series called “International Encyclopedia of Unified Science”. In this book Kuhn discusses the concept of normal science being driven by paradigms, and that once these paradigms fail a shift is required.
  • Kuhn's Later Works

    Following his massively successful and revolution book publication, Khun's later works mostly culminated into collections of essays. The first of which he published would be titled "The Essential Tension" (1977), and the second of which would be titled "Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity" (1978).