The Essential Tension: Selected Studies in Scientific Tradition and Change

Paperback | March 15, 1979

byThomas S. Kuhn

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"Kuhn has the unmistakable address of a man, who, so far from wanting to score points, is anxious above all else to get at the truth of matters."—Sir Peter Medawar, Nature

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"Kuhn has the unmistakable address of a man, who, so far from wanting to score points, is anxious above all else to get at the truth of matters."—Sir Peter Medawar, Nature

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:390 pages, 8.55 × 5.54 × 1 inPublished:March 15, 1979Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Essential Kuhn Kuhn's second most important book, next to the Structure of Scientific Revolutions, is the Essential Tension, a collection of essays on topics ranging from objectivity in science to the role of thought-experiments in science. Kuhn addresses some of his critics on his notion of 'paradigms' and as usual he presents a refreshing perspective in philosophy of science.
Date published: 2000-07-16

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Table of Contents

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