Kuhn Normal Science Summary1

Kuhn Normal Science Summary1 - Summary of Thomas S. Kuhn's...

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Summary of Thomas S. Kuhn's “The Route to Normal Science” In Thomas S. Kuhn's “The Route to Normal Science”, excerpted from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions , Kuhn discusses what he calls “normal science”, its components, history, and development. Kuhn defines normal science as research that is based upon previous scientific accomplishments which serve as the groundwork for future work. These products of normal science are recorded in contemporary textbooks as well as classics by thinkers such as Aristotle, Ptolemy, Newton, Franklin, and more. Kuhn names “paradigms” as an important component of normal science, defining paradigms as accepted examples of scientific practice that provide models for future science to build upon. Paradigms, Kuhn argues, are essential because they are a large factor in the preparation of scholars to improve upon the knowledge that already exists and provide a basis for those who do work in the same fields because there is preexisting research that is generally accepted. Scholars can build
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