Mutable Science

If we now considered oxygen to be dephlogisticated air, we would claim Priestly discovered it, but since we consider it as a conceptually different entity, to say that oxygen was discovered is misleading. The word “discovery” implies a complete event, conducted by one individual in a specific time. In reality, however, discovery encompasses not only the recognition that something is, but also what it is. Since the paradigm associated with the identity of oxygen has changed, so has the period of its discovery been distended.

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