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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Audiobook
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Written by: 
Thomas S. Kuhn
Narrated by: 
Dennis Holland
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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Audiobook

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

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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.

Note: 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.

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"A landmark in intellectual history which has attracted attention far beyond its own immediate field." (Science)

"Perhaps the best explanation of [the] process of discovery." (New York Times Book Review)

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    02-25-15
    02-25-15

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    "a classic about scientific thinking"

    and highly worth listening to.
    certainly worthwhile to listen more than one time. Kuhn's concept is one of the basics of modern time scientific approaches.

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    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 03-04-14
    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 03-04-14 Member Since 2010

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    "The Idea of Progress"

    This is a very insightful book. Thomas Kuhn delivered an intelligent account about how the sciences develop. More precisely, development by disruption and not by acumulation. Listening to this essay, one can reflect about the idea of progress. It seems that the sciences advance with rejection of old paradigms and creation of new ones, the last don't necessarily linked with the formers. Can we say the same thing about the development of humanities? The narration is fair and the audiobook is from a book edition that have a foreword by the author, in which he answers some criticism the original version received.

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    Stephanie Burg-Brown 05-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Research Book"

    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.

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    Kath Danvers, MA, United States 03-13-13
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    "A classic for any scientist or science educator"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Portland, OR, United States 02-25-13
    Brian Portland, OR, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Lucid performance of a remarkable book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 05-28-11
    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 05-28-11 Member Since 2012
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    "A new paradigm in thinking"

    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.

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    Jiri Klouda 07-28-16
    Jiri Klouda 07-28-16

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    "Not a single unnecessary word"

    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.

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    John G. Gardiner 02-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen at 1.25 speed!"

    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.

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    Kev N Baypoint, CA USA 02-19-13
    Kev N Baypoint, CA USA 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Book Not Just for Science Fans"

    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.

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    Would you try another book from Thomas S. Kuhn and/or Dennis Holland?

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