Applying Kuhn’s Theories to the Development of Mathematics Public


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  • Presented in this paper is an analysis of the body of scholarly work that attempts to apply Thomas Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolutions to mathematics. These applications vary on several levels, from the authors’ interpretation of Kuhn’s original work to the definitions used for terms such as paradigm, revolution, and mathematics. The number of these works combined with their variety makes it difficult to grasp the whole of the literature. This paper is an attempt to consolidate and streamline this information in order to facilitate further research on the subject. This analysis makes it clear that Kuhn’s theory can be successfully applied to mathematics in a way that provides an accurate view of the growth of mathematical knowledge.
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