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Kuhn, Thomas (1922–1996)

Thomas Kuhn popularized the term paradigm in science and, in doing so, changed the way many scientists and others view the process of scientific inquiry. His theories and descriptions had a profound influence on science education, sociology, and the way in which the history of science was applied to the philosophy of science. Many of these influences were controversial; however, Kuhn is largely regarded as a central figure in the development of contemporary understanding of the nature of the scientific process.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 18, 1922, Thomas Samuel Kuhn studied physics at Harvard University, receiving his doctorate degree in 1949. He worked as an assistant professor in the history and philosophy of science department at Harvard. In 1956, he moved to the ...

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