Thomas Kuhn was an American physicist, historian, and philosopher of science whose 1962 book 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions' was highly influential in both academic and popular circles, introducing the term 'paradigm shift' and arguing that scientific progress is not a linear accumulation of knowledge, but rather a series of revolutionary changes.
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This influential book examines the history of science, focusing on the process of scientific revolutions. The author argues that scientific progress is not a linear, continuous accumulation of knowledge, but rather a series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions. During these revolutions, known as paradigm shifts, the old scientific worldview is replaced by a new one. The book also popularized the term 'paradigm shift' and challenged the previously accepted view of science as a steadily progressive discipline.