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Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions at FiftyReflections on a Science Classic$
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Robert J. "Richards and Lorraine Daston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226317038

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226317175.001.0001

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Practice All the Way Down

Practice All the Way Down

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Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions at Fifty

Peter Galison

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the scientific practices behind Thomas S. Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions. By examining Kuhn’s civilian (solid state quantum theory) and wartime (WW II radar countermeasures) research, as well as by looking at his reading notes, notebooks, letters, and drafts, this chapter attempts to understand the formation of Kuhn’s Structure. Specifically, it demonstrates how Kuhn pieced together a fundamentally psychological picture of work in the physical sciences, from theory practices down, and against an image of science built up from observation and experiment.

Keywords:   Thomas S Kuhn, philosophy science, history science, practice, theory, observation, radar, solid state quantum mechanics

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