Spotlight | History of Science

David Kaiser on Thomas Kuhn's paradigm shift

 "If you’ve ever talked about a 'paradigm shift,' you’ve channeled Thomas Kuhn, the historian and philosopher of science whose landmark 1962 bestseller, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, changed how people discuss the scientific enterprise.  On the 50th anniversary of the celebrated book. MIT News spoke with David Kaiser, the Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science, about Kuhn’s work."


Kuhn used the duck-rabbit optical illusion to demonstrate the way in which a paradigm shift could cause one to see the same information in an entirely different way.