Kuhn baptizes his famous notion of a scientific "paradigm" as originating from the "great works" of science, like Copernicus's De Revolutionibus or Newton's Principia. These great works became paradigms because they were "sufficiently unprecedented to attract an enduring group of adherents away from competing modes of scientific activity," and "sufficiently open-ended to leave all sorts of problems for the redefined group of practitioners to resolve." The activity spurred by such great books goes by the name of "normal science." "There are … only three normal foci for factual scientific investigation."


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Posted: January 4th, 2011
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