• Thomas Kuhn
  • July 29, 2020
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Written in 1962 by a ‘student’ of scientific history and philosophy, this book has become one of the most cited pieces of research ever. It brought the term “paradigm shift” into common use and unleashed a radical, new explanation for how scientific discoveries are made. Progress isn’t cumulative, brick by brick, it follows a cycle of normality, anomaly, crisis, paradigm shift, back to normality.

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions


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I first came across this book when I read the most cited research papers ever written. This is the one-page summary I wrote at the time. You can find others here.

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Discovery commences with the awareness of anomaly, i.e., with the recognition that nature has somehow violated the paradigm-induced expectations that govern normal science. It then continues with a more or less extended exploration of the area of anomaly. And it closes only when the paradigm theory has been adjusted so that the anomalous has become the expected.