What Is A Paradigm Shift, Anyway?
July 18, 2016
Thomas Kuhn‘s 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, transformed the philosophy of science and changed the way many scientists think about their work. But his influence extended well beyond the academy: The book was widely read — and seeped into popular culture. One measure of his influence is the widespread use of the term “paradigm shift,” which he introduced in articulating his views about how science changes over time.
In a paper published in 1970, Margaret Masterson presented a careful reading of Kuhn’s 1962 book. She identified 21 distinct senses in which Kuhn used the term paradigm.
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“In my own computational physics work,” says Granger, “a high-level description of the algorithm that goes into the paper is light years away from the details that are written in the code.
Without those details, there is no way that someone could reproduce it in a reasonable time scale.”
“We used to speak two different languages. I would talk about the biology and she would talk about coding.
Now we have common ground; we can communicate to each other better. This accelerates our research”