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An agent-based model of Thomas Kuhn's 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions'

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"Thomas Kuhn's 'Die Struktur wissenschaftlicher Revolutionen'. Eine agentenbasierte Simulation" Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions is interpreted as the specification of an agent-based model. Kuhn described scientists as autonomous agents and an emergent pattern of evolving paradigms. The missing link in his account is then a mechanism by which this pattern self organizes from the interactions of autonomous scientists without centralized control. This paper exploits advances in agent-based modeling and stigmergy to fill the missing link in Kuhn's account. A complete agent-based model of Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions could lead to a better understanding of the contribution of the evolution of the social structure of science to its success.
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Paradigms, revolutions, rationality, agent-based modeling, Thomas Kuhn, stigmergy, INCREASING RETURNS

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De Langhe, Rogier. “An Agent-Based Model of Thomas Kuhn’s ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.’” HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG, vol. 43, no. 1, 2018, pp. 28–47, doi:10.12759/HSR.43.2018.1.28-47.
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De Langhe, R. (2018). An agent-based model of Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.” HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG, 43(1), 28–47. https://doi.org/10.12759/HSR.43.2018.1.28-47
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De Langhe, Rogier. 2018. “An Agent-Based Model of Thomas Kuhn’s ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.’” HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG 43 (1): 28–47. https://doi.org/10.12759/HSR.43.2018.1.28-47.
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De Langhe, Rogier. 2018. “An Agent-Based Model of Thomas Kuhn’s ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.’” HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG 43 (1): 28–47. doi:10.12759/HSR.43.2018.1.28-47.
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De Langhe R. An agent-based model of Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.” HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG. 2018;43(1):28–47.
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R. De Langhe, “An agent-based model of Thomas Kuhn’s ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,’” HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 28–47, 2018.
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  author       = {{De Langhe, Rogier}},
  issn         = {{0172-6404}},
  journal      = {{HISTORICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH-HISTORISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG}},
  keywords     = {{Paradigms,revolutions,rationality,agent-based modeling,Thomas Kuhn,stigmergy,INCREASING RETURNS}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{1}},
  pages        = {{28--47}},
  title        = {{An agent-based model of Thomas Kuhn's 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions'}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.12759/HSR.43.2018.1.28-47}},
  volume       = {{43}},
  year         = {{2018}},
}

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