No paradigm shift

October 25, 2002

Stephen Wolfram has made a tactical blunder in hitching his revolutionary wagon to Thomas Kuhn's star ("New kind of science, old kind of sceptics?" THES , October 18). Kuhn claims scientific revolutions succeed only because the new paradigm solves problems that the old paradigm could not. Wolfram seems to be failing on that front.

Steve Fuller
University of Warwick

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