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The Copernican Revolution - Is it a good model?

SCIENCE LECTURE:   "THE COPERNICAN REVOLUTION - IS IT A GOOD MODEL?"

PRESENTER:   DR. THEODORA KALIKOW, USM PRESIDENT
TIME:  THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013     7:00 P.M.
PLACE:  SOUTHWORTH PLANETARIUM
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[Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas A Kuhn's widely acclaimed "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions."]

 Copernican Revolution

Thomas Kuhn's "Structure of Scientific Revolutions" might not be bedside reading for most of us now, but when published in 1963, it became a sensation amongst scholars and the general public alike.  Very few books can garner such attention both academically and popularly.    In this book, Kuhn challenged the then-widely accepted notion that scientific progress reflected the linear accumulation of facts gathered over long periods.   Instead, he argued that periodic "revolutions" propelled scientific advancement, most notably the Copernican Revolution.  This revolution is named for Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1472-1543), but involved other prominent thinkers such as Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and Isaac Netwon (1642 - 1727).  Among many others modifications to our world view, the Copernican revolution led astronomers to conclude that the Sun, not Earth, occupied the solar system's center.       Is this Copernican revolution a good model: is it illustrative of how science progresses?

 Theodora Kalikow 
Dr. Theodora Kalikow
USM President

 

USM President Dr. Theodora Kalikow presents a lecture commemorating this book's publication.   Dr. Kailkow taught history and philosophy at the University of UMASS - Dartmouth for fifteen years.   On Thursday evening, she will delve deeply into scientific history.   

 

We invite you to join Dr. Kalikow for a stimulating evening that blends science, history and philosophy.  

 

Call 207-780-4249    or   email  egleason@usm.maine.edu

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