The Cognitive Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Cambridge University Press (2006)
Abstract
Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions became the most widely read book about science in the twentieth century. His terms 'paradigm' and 'scientific revolution' entered everyday speech, but they remain controversial. In the second half of the twentieth century, the new field of cognitive science combined empirical psychology, computer science, and neuroscience. In this book, the recent theories of concepts developed by cognitive scientists are used to evaluate and extend Kuhn's most influential ideas. Based on case studies of the Copernican revolution, the discovery of nuclear fission, and an elaboration of Kuhn's famous 'ducks and geese' example of concept learning, the volume offers new accounts of the nature of normal and revolutionary science, the function of anomalies, and the nature of incommensurability.
Keywords Science History  Science History  Paradigm (Theory of knowledge  Cognition  Constructivism (Philosophy
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Call number Q174.8.A53 2006
ISBN(s) 0521855756   9780521855754     9781139452632   1139452630
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