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Section C: The End of a Tradition Form

Kuhn is much more concerned with the start of a scientific theory than the end. He becomes enthusiastic about the beginnings that are revolutionary. A new beginning, however, comes from the end of a former theory. Sometimes, the direct relation of the beginning of one theory from the end of a previous one seems forgotten in the generality of the explanation; the moment of conception in this sense is 'immaculate', with Kuhn being the divine agency. He does advance ideas of "anomaly," "crisis," and "incommensurability" to help explain why a new scientific theory would be needed.