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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

5 Ratings: 4.6
A book by Thomas S. Kuhn

There's a "Frank & Ernest" comic strip showing a chick breaking out of its shell, looking around, and saying, "Oh, wow! Paradigm shift!" Blame the late Thomas Kuhn. Few indeed are the philosophers or historians influential enough to make it into the … see full wiki

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Author: Thomas S. Kuhn
Genre: Professional & Technical, Science, Nonfiction
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
3 reviews about The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
review by . March 03, 2010
As a practicing scientist and someone who has always been interested in history and the development of scientific ideas "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" has for long time been the book that loomed large on my intellectual horizon. Thomas Khun's book has for a long time had a reputation as the definitive and seminal work on understanding how new scientific ideas come about and how and why they gain support. Part of my reluctance to start reading this book stemmed from my belief that it would …
review by . November 27, 2007
It is easy to assume that everyone is familiar with Kuhn's work, but in the famously taped words of the late Richard Nixon, "That would be wrong!." THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS is a nodal point in modern understanding of how we know what we know and how science moves forward. This slim publication may be the most frequently referrenced book in my reading experience, outside of (perhaps) the Bible (which has been around somewhat longer and which makes far less sense). The gist of Kuhn's …
review by . December 15, 2006
A true classic of twentieth century literature, this wonderful little book, which argues for the contingency of scientific knowledge, deserves space on the bookshelf next to The Wealth of Nations (identifying the contingency of economic wellbeing and value), Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature (causal scepticism), The Origin of Species (the contingency of biological development) and Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (the contingency of language) - along with those perennially confusing continental …
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