If you are doing any kind of research paper, essay or these, this book is very helpful. I rather listen to The Structure of Scientific Revolutions than to actually read it. Thomas Kuhn is awesome and the book was very interesting and made me think harder on some of the revolutions presented.
Reading this book was a requirement for a graduate course that I am taking. I read this book and then listened to it to reinforce what I had read.
Thomas Kuhn has changed the way that scientists, historians of science, and philosophers of science look at the development of science. The traditional view of the progress of science has been as development-by-accumulation in which achievements, theories, facts, and methods are accumulated as scientific knowledge. This is the way that science is often explained in science textbooks.
Kuhn believes this is not correct. Rather, that our society’s scientific knowledge has been built through a series of scientific revolutions. Beginning with theories that create paradigms that define the science and in which scientists work in "normal science" until an anomaly is found which causes a crisis and extraordinary scientists then create new theories which create new paradigms.
It is difficult to listen to a book like this in audio.
In this instance, the reader has a nice voice but can't possibly have any clue about what he was reading. This was a negative about listening to the book. Pauses, lilting of the voice, etc. in places that they should not be. I found myself thinking - how would I have read that sentence?
Whenever possible, a book like this should be read by the author OR a someone who is very knowledgeable about the works of the author.
This book is a required read for anyone interested in the history and philosophy of science. Dennis Holland's excellent articulation makes this edition of SSR a great addition to your audio book library.
This monumental essay by Thomas Kuhn is the book that introduced us to the concept of paradigm shifts. Kuhn's writing and logic can be challenging. His sentences are not short and simple. However, the reader does a masterful job of reading, and he helps the content come through. I bought this to listen to while I followed along in the printed book. I read it years ago, but never understood it like I do now. This is a superbly read book about a difficult concept -- and worth every minute and Excedrin.
This book is simply excellent from start to end, it is engaging, well reasoned, well structured and explained idea. I often have to go through a book to find the one central idea to it, but here it was absolutely clear from start to end and author simply discussed all possible view points to see the idea from. My highest recommendation. As for the performance, I think it was very adequate to the text at just about the right speed for your brain to absorb the ideas and without lulling you to sleep as so many scientific books do.
The reader reads very slowly with many mid-sentence pauses. (Listen to the audio sample to know what I mean.) This was probably intended for clarity, but I found it difficult to listen to. Until, that is, I switched the playback to 1.25 speed. The book went from nearly unlistenable to perfect, just like that!
As for the book itself, it is absolutely fascinating. If you are a scientist then you will find the description of (the social institution of) science familiar. But the reasons Kuhn posits for why science seems to work as well as it does might give you something to think about. This was my reaction, at least.
Absolutely! Anyone in the scientific fields will find the truth of "normal science". Anyone who thinks will be amazed at the depth to which the "Copernican Revolution/paradigm Shift" can take you. This book can be life-altering. This is not Scientology but Philosophy of Science. And it is very cool!
How the geocentric view of the universe began when the Pope asked someone to create a better calendar.
No, multiple sessions, wanting to consider and re-consider what Kuhn is suggesting.
The book is very interesting from a scientific standpoint but I found it very interesting that you can apply the principals of the paradigm and paradigm shifts to things other than science. Whether from business, to religion or sociology similar analogies can be applied to the progression of ideas and technologies with paradigms shifts.
The only negative thing about this audio book is that some of the ideas and statements made in a particular sentence or paragraph can be quite profound and with a book, you can put it down and think about it. With the audio book the narrator keeps going and sometimes I wouldn't be listening because I was thinking about the impact of a point from a previous paragraph.