Thomas Kuhn Quotes

Who on Earth is Thomas Kuhn?

Thomas Samuel Kuhn was an American philosopher of science whose 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was influential in both academic and popular circles, introducing the term paradigm shift.

Born July 18, 1922
Died June 17, 1996

Books by Thomas Kuhn


Best Quotes by Thomas Kuhn

“All significant breakthroughs are break -“withs” old ways of thinking.”

Thomas Kuhn

“Individuals who break through by inventing a new paradigm are almost always either very young men or very new to the field whose paradigm they change. These are the men who, being little committed by prior practice to the traditional rules of normal science, are particularly likely to see that those rules no longer define a playable game and conceive another set that can replace them.”

Thomas Kuhn

“The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask.”

Thomas Kuhn

“We see the world in terms of our theories.”

Thomas Kuhn

"The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" Quotes

“What a man sees depends both upon what he looks at and also upon what his previous visual-conceptual experience has taught him to see.”

Thomas Kuhn
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions