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Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 18:50:07 PDT
From: Reuters <C-reuters@clari.net>
Newgroups: clari.tw.science, clari.news.obituaries, clari.tw.science+space
Subject: Thomas Kuhn, historian of science, dies at 73

         CAMBRIDGE, Mass.(Reuter) - The historian of science and
philosopher Thomas Samuel Kuhn has died, the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology said Tuesday. He was 73 years old.
         Kuhn, who had been ill for two years with lung and throat
cancer, died Monday at his home in Cambridge, the university
         Kuhn was the author of ``The Copernican Revolution'' (1957)
and ``The Structure of Scientific Revolution'' (1962). He
distinguished between ordinary science, which solves problems
within a particular paradigm, or way of looking at the world,
and revolutionary science, which introduces a new world-view.
         More than a million copies of his 1962 book have been
printed in more than a dozen languages, and it remains a basic
text in the history of science and technology.
     Born in Cincinnati in 1922, Kuhn studied physics at Harvard
University. He went on to teach at Harvard, the University of
California at Berkeley and Princeton University before joining
the faculty of MIT in 1979.
          A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a past
president of the History of Science Society, he is survived by
his wife, two daughters and a son.

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