Office of the President

THE COPERNICAN REVOLUTION: Is it a good model?

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: 
SOUTHWORTH PLANETARIUM
Contact Name: 
Edward Gleason
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4249
Contact Email: 
egleason@usm.maine.edu

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas A Kuhn's widely acclaimed "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions."

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?

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.