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Thomas S. Kuhn (1922–1996) is best known for popularizing the term paradigm and for providing an alternative account of how scientific inquiry is conducted and the nature of and relationships between scientific activity and knowledge creation. Kuhn was a doctoral student in theoretical physics at Harvard, planning to make a career as a scientist, when an experience while teaching science to undergraduate nonscience majors opened his eyes to the import of the history of science. In 1962, he published his groundbreaking The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In it, he argued that science is not merely the product of scientists working with what was previously known to uncover new truths but rather that the most important events in science are jarring epiphanies that break with the ...

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