The Essential Tension: Selected Studies in Scientific Tradition and Change

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University of Chicago Press, 1977 - Science - 366 pages
Preface I Historiographic Studies 1 The Relations between the History and the Philosophy of Science 2 Concepts of Cause in the Development of Physics 3 Mathematical versus Experimental Traditions in the Development of Physical Science 4 Energy Conservation as an Example of Simultaneous Discovery 5 The History of Science 6 The Relations between History and the History of Science II Metahistorical Studies 7 The Historical Structure of Scientific Discovery 8 The Function of Measurement in Modern Physical Science 9 The Essential Tension: Tradition and Innovation in Scientific Research? 10 A Function for Thought Experiments 11 Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research 12 Second Thoughts on Paradigms 13 Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice 14 Comment on the Relations of Science and Art Index.

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Thomas S. Kuhn (1922-1996) was professor emeritus of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many books include The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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