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The Essential Tension

Selected Studies in Scientific Tradition and Change

"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

390 pages | 5.50 x 8.40 | © 1977

History of Science

Philosophy of Science

Physical Sciences: History and Philosophy of Physical Sciences

Table of Contents

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

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