Thomas Kuhn

1922 - 1996

Thomas Kuhn

Thomas Samuel Kuhn (; July 18, 1922 – June 17, 1996) was an American philosopher of science whose 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was influential in both academic and popular circles, introducing the term paradigm shift, which has since become an English-language idiom. Kuhn made several claims concerning the progress of scientific knowledge: that scientific fields undergo periodic "paradigm shifts" rather than solely progressing in a linear and continuous way, and that these paradigm shifts open up new approaches to understanding what scientists would never have considered valid before; and that the notion of scientific truth, at any given moment, cannot be established solely by objective criteria but is defined by a consensus of a scientific community. Competing paradigms are frequently incommensurable; that is, they are competing and irreconcilable accounts of reality. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Kuhn has received more than 991,216 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 13th most popular historian.

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Among historians, Thomas Kuhn ranks 13 out of 292Before him are Sima Qian, Josephus, Polybius, Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Diodorus Siculus. After him are Manetho, Saxo Grammaticus, Mircea Eliade, Cassius Dio, Fernand Braudel, and Procopius.

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Among people born in 1922, Thomas Kuhn ranks 6Before him are Stan Lee, Yitzhak Rabin, José Saramago, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Christopher Lee. After him are Norodom Sihanouk, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Erich Hartmann, and Jack Kerouac. Among people deceased in 1996, Thomas Kuhn ranks 5Before him are François Mitterrand, Baba Vanga, Marcello Mastroianni, and Tupac Shakur. After him are Carl Sagan, Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Ella Fitzgerald, Marguerite Duras, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Joseph Brodsky, and Adolf Galland.

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Among people born in United States, Thomas Kuhn ranks 145 out of 12,171Before him are Chuck Berry (1926), John Wayne (1907), J. D. Salinger (1919), Buzz Aldrin (1930), George Gershwin (1898), and Bobby Fischer (1943). After him are Carl Sagan (1934), Peter Falk (1927), James Brown (1933), Sharon Tate (1943), Vin Diesel (1967), and David Rockefeller (1915).

Among HISTORIANS In United States

Among historians born in United States, Thomas Kuhn ranks 1After him are Jared Diamond (1937), Richard Sennett (1943), Hayden White (1928), Donna Haraway (1944), Howard Zinn (1922), Donald Keene (1922), Barbara W. Tuchman (1912), Drew Gilpin Faust (1947), Natalie Zemon Davis (1928), Richard N. Frye (1920), and Joan Wallach Scott (1941).