The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is indeed a paradigmatic work in the history of science. Kuhn's use of terms such as "paradigm shift" and "normal science", his ideas of how scientists move from disdain through doubt to acceptance of a new theory, his stress on social and psychological factors in science--all have had profound effects on historians, scientists, philosophers, critics, writers, business gurus, and even the cartoonist in the street.
Some scientists (such as Steven Weinberg and Ernst Mayr) are profoundly irritated by Kuhn, especially by the doubts he casts--or the way his work has been used to cast doubt--on the idea of scientific progress. Yet it has been said that the acceptance of plate tectonics in the 1960s, for instance, was sped by geologists' reluctance to be on the downside of a paradigm shift. Even Weinberg has said that "structure has had a wider influence than any other book on the history of science". As one of Kuhn's obituaries noted, "We all live in a post-Kuhnian age." --Mary Ellen Curtin
This is another of those books that are more talked about than read. It was conceived as a modest work of sociology on certain types of tranistion in science - those in the... Read morePublished on 13 May 2011 by rob crawford
This book is motivated by how we write the history of science. Descriptive theory. Are there any prescriptive insights here? Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2010 by A reader
besides what the other reviers state ill add that even if one DOES accept the philosophy of kuhn that would merely mean that philosophy and science wasnt useable for much. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2010 by sanyata
Philosophy has seen more and more of it's best parts hived off into other subjects. One sometimes gets the feeling this leaves a type of "science envy". Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2008 by Danny of Arabia
Kuhn's ideas are not new, he references Fleck's seminal monographs, but this is an aside. The point is that both Fleck AND Kuhn are just WRONG. Read morePublished on 20 May 2008 by Mr. P. Briody