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Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact

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ISBN-10: 0226253252

ISBN-13: 9780226253251

Edition: 1981

Authors: Ludwik Fleck, Thaddeus J. Trenn, Robert K. Merton, Frederick Bradley, Thomas S. Kuhn

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Originally published in German in 1935, this monograph anticipated solutions to problems of scientific progress, the truth of scientific fact and the role of error in science now associated with the work of Thomas Kuhn and others. Arguing that every scientific concept and theory--including his own--is culturally conditioned, Fleck was appreciably ahead of his time. And as Kuhn observes in his foreword, "Though much has occurred since its publication, it remains a brilliant and largely unexploited resource." "To many scientists just as to many historians and philosophers of science facts are things that simply are the case: they are discovered through properly passive observation of natural…    
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Thomas S. Kuhn's work is best described as a normative historiography of science. He was educated at Harvard University, where in 1949 he completed a doctorate in physics. As a student, he was impressed by the differences between scientific method, as conventionally taught, and the way science actually works. Before moving to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, he taught at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Princeton University. Kuhn's most celebrated contribution to the philosophy of science is his controversial idea of paradigms and paradigm shifts. A paradigm is understood as a widely shared theoretical framework within which scientific…    

Foreword
Preface
Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact Overview of Contents Prologue
How the Modern Concept of Syphilis Originated Epistemological Conclusions from the Established History of a Concept Established History ofnbsp;a Concept
The Wassermann Reaction and Its Discovery Epistemological Considerations Concerning the History of the Wassermann Reaction Commentary and Annotation Biographical Sketch Descriptive Analysis
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Illustrations