The Function of Measurement in Modern Physical Science

@article{Kuhn1961TheFO,
  title={The Function of Measurement in Modern Physical Science},
  author={Thomas S. Kuhn},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1961},
  volume={52},
  pages={161 - 193}
}
  • T. Kuhn
  • Published 1 June 1961
  • Education
  • Isis
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