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.
Yes, if you are an aspiring scholar, scientist, educator, or science aficionado or popularizer. The content is amazingly diverse, impeccably supported, and logically argued.
Despite the, at times dry, scientific content and performance, I will read this tome many times.
The audio book is an excellent companion to the printed copy.
Concise and clear, somewhat dry in places, but not unbearable in any sense.
This book is unlikely to transferred into any other media form, but it IS an excellent resource for science based documentaries.
The performance is lacking. The reading is much too slow and the intonation clumsy. I'm going to look for a better audio version of this world-changing book.
Slow; clumsy intonation.