It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of the new textbook 3D Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Orthodontics: An Atlas for the Clinician (published by Springer) which is the fruit of a lengthy, dedicated effort by Editors Prof. Jean Marc Retrouvey (Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City) and Dr. Mohamed-Nur Abdallah(Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry) to create a practical, science-based tome for orthodontists to navigate the new 3D technological frontiers we are embarking on as a profession today -especially in the post-pandemic era to come – and to which I’ve had the honor to be a contributor.
Scientific theories don’t change because old scientists change their minds; they change because old scientists die. ~ Max Plank
In 1962, Thomas Kuhn, Historian of Science, published his seminal work: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions(The University of Chicago Press). In this book, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science – those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas – actually occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Normal Science , as Kuhn defines it, means research firmly based upon one or more past scientific achievements, achievements that some particular scientific community acknowledges for a time as supplying the foundation for its further practice.
Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age.