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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Thomas S. Kuhn , Ian Hacking
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A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.

With The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 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, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. 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.

This new edition of Kuhn’s essential work in the history of science includes an insightful introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn’s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context.  Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.

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"Thomas S. Kuhn didn't invent the phrase paradigm shift, but he popularized it and gave it the meaning it has today. He also triggered one when he published The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in 1962.... After Kuhn, we can no longer ignore the fact that however powerful science is, it's as flawed as the scientists who do it." -Time, All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books "Occasionally there emerges a book which has an influence far beyond its originally intended audience.... Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.... has clearly emerged as just such a work." -Ron Johnston, Times Higher Education Supplement "The book really did change 'the image of science by which we are now possessed.' Forever." -Ian Hacking, from the Introduction "Perhaps the best explanation of the process of discovery." -William Irwin Thompson, New York Times Book Review "A landmark in intellectual history which has attracted attention far beyond its own immediate field.... If causing a revolution is the hallmark of a superior paradigm, Structure has been a resounding success." -Nicholas Wade, Science "Among the most influential academic books in this century." -Choice"

About the Author

Thomas S. Kuhn (1922-96) was the Laurence Rockefeller Professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include The Essential Tension; Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912; and The Copernican Revolution.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0226458075
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Fourth Edition edition (18 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007USH7J2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Thomas Kuhn's controversial 1962 book produced a radical change in the way of thinking about science and also introduced the now pervasive term 'paradigm shift'.
Before Kuhn, the orthodox view was that science progressed in an evolutionary, cumulative way, gradually getting nearer to the 'truth'. In a nutshell, Kuhn's thesis states that there are alternating periods of 'normal' and 'revolutionary' science. After a revolutionary paradigm shift normal science is resumed with a new theoretical framework. Examples of this shift are the transition from Ptolemy's earth-centred solar system to the Copernican sun-centred paradigm and Newtonian mechanics being superseded by quantum mechanics.
'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions', which has now sold 1.4 million copies, is one of the most influential books of the 20th century and this 50th Anniversary Edition has an excellent new preface by philosopher Ian Hacking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic 15 Jun. 2013
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Beautifully written. There's a tendency to over-egg the case, and perhaps Kuhn should say more about the extent to which relevant scientists saw themselves as engaging in revolutionary change. But a great account of the struggle for understanding in the field of science; even non-scientists ought to find it gripping. Helpful introduction to this edition by Ian Hacking.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book and edition 25 Jun. 2012
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the book is a classic, the introductory notes for anniversary edition are insightful and helpful for someone interested but not expert in the problems treated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return 11 Mar. 2015
By Colin R
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Enjoyable, instructive, makes you think, short chapters and less than an inch thick. A great reputation fully deserved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 13 May 2015
By Sohnee
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This is a fascinating book - it is a book that demands a certain amount of work from the reader, but pays back many times over. There are some famous examples of scientific discovery among those mentioned in this book - but you won't look at them in the same way again. These concepts probably apply outside of science too as I'm seeing them echoed wherever discovery and creativity are found.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kuhn restates and enlarges on the ideas first put forward by N R Hanson, in Patterns of Discovery, published four years earlier. Kuhn shows himself to have digested Hanson's ideas well, but it is arguable to what extent he really improved on them. Hanson's early death removed a brilliant mind who might have developed a truly universal philosophy of science, instead of the incompatible "schools" founded by Popper, Kuhn, Feyerabend and all the rest of them. It is ironic that Hanson is nowadays nearly forgotten, and that the kudos of his ideas accrues to Kuhn, whose acknowledgement of his debt to Hanson was, let us say, muted.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still an excellent reference 28 May 2014
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Although many of the examples which explain how social sciences work today are outdated, it is still an excellent reference for philosophers of science and interested people to understand how scientific revolutions work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Dec. 2014
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Slightly outdated but nevertheless a MUST read
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