Author: Dias, W P S
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Dias, W P S
Thomas Kuhn argued that science progressed from one ruling paradigm to another through periods of revolution, and alsothat science was concerned not so much with truth, but with theories that explained phenomena. While most scientistswould be uncomfortable with such a relativist and non-realist philosophy of science, engineering could be seen as fittingmuch better into this Kuhnian perspective. This is because engineers are more interested in dependable models forfabricating safe artifacts than in the truth (i.e. correspondence with reality) or accuracy of their theories. The fact that many different design paradigms produced safe structures in the history of structural design is also a testimony to this.
Prof. W. P. S. Dias, PhD, DIC, MIStructEDepartment of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka