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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions | [Thomas S. Kuhn]

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Named one of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War" by the Times Literary Supplement, and one of the "100 Best Nonfiction" books by the Modern Library, Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a landmark of scientific thought. Written in 1962, Kuhn's book took an entirely different view of how scientists perceived and achieved changes in basic theoretical assumptions - what he termed "paradigm shifts".
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Named one of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War" by the Times Literary Supplement, and one of the "100 Best Nonfiction" books by the Modern Library, Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a landmark of scientific thought.

Written in 1962, Kuhn's book took an entirely different view of how scientists perceived and achieved changes in basic theoretical assumptions - what he termed "paradigm shifts". The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is essential listening for understanding the history, philosophy, and evolution of science.

The late Thomas S. Kuhn was the Laurence Rockefeller Professor Emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

©1996 The University of Chicago; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Jay 07-03-12
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    "Secrets of the Modern Science revolution."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions to be better than the print version?

    This is where you learn where it all started. This is the basic to modern science theory. it is a great read and listening is even better.


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    Craig A. Godeke Montreal, QC Canada 06-30-12
    Craig A. Godeke Montreal, QC Canada 06-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Overly Long"

    I really felt this was overly long and should have been edited down by about half. It was hard to stay engaged, and I was questioning whether it was the quality of the reader, or the writing. This is unfortunate, as this is an influential book, and I think Kuhn's claims are very compelling.

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    Seth H. Wilson Venice, CA USA 03-10-12
    Seth H. Wilson Venice, CA USA 03-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A seminal work, expertly narrated"
    What made the experience of listening to The Structure of Scientific Revolutions the most enjoyable?

    Nowadays we throw around the word


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions?

    This isn't a book of


    What about Dennis Holland???s performance did you like?

    Dennis Holland's narration of Kuhn's precise, sometimes technical writing is lively and easily digested. I disagree with other reviews which claim this book is unsuitable for audio. Under a less capable narrator, yes, it could have been a monotonous listen, but Dennis Holland keeps the content moving.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is certainly engrossing, and I did find myself wrapped up in Kuhn's prose and arguments. On the other hand, it's a dense, meaty book, and others may want to pause periodically to think about and mentally digest some of the important points.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very grateful this book found its way to Audible. Anyone serious about the study of history, philosophy, the history of science, or indeed almost any other discipline in the humanities owes it to themselves to read this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 11-25-11
    David Hoeilaart, Belgium 11-25-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Maybe not for me"

    This was an important book in 1963 when it was first published. I thought it sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I found it to be a very scholarly work, which overworked it's thesis again and again in fine detail. The author seems to insert a paranthetical comment or subclause into every sentence. I could have gotten everything I needed to know on this subject in a ten-page article.

    I suppose that I should have read reviews beforehand to understand better whether the work would hold my interest.

    At least the narrator makes it easy to follow the author's dense terminology and phrasing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Houston, TX, United States 08-10-11
    Johnny Houston, TX, United States 08-10-11
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    "The Worst Narrator Ever!"

    I have been able to listen to a lot of audiobooks, even some that others have commented on as being hard to listen to and found them quite pleasing. This narrator takes the cake as being the worst. This book, I will have to read myself. Its listed as being nine hours but I am willing to bet I could read it in 5 hrs. This guy sentences come out choppy due to the pauses he makes.I had the hardest time staying interested. I literally had it playing at a faster speed due to how slow he was speaking, I finally gave up. I will avoid anything narrated by Dennis Holland in the future.

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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 12-11-10
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 12-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "thinking about thinking"

    landmark book that introduced durable new phases to scientific thought
    at 210 pages it is a heavy dose of philosophy however
    to "think about thinking" that long is beyond most folks

    as with most scientific writing it struggles to be readable
    it helps to remember it was not written to be read by the general reader
    it was written to survive the focused scrutiny of his academic rivals

    scientific revolutions are necessarily intensely painful events
    comfortable useful frameworks are forcefully traded in for better ones
    the cards are reshuffled and not everyone likes their new spot in the deck

    the book is memorable as much for the text as for the discussions it started
    the pace of scientific/intellectual revolutions will only quicken
    they will be easier to understand with the map provided by kuhn

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peet AmsterdamNetherlands 06-28-09
    Peet AmsterdamNetherlands 06-28-09 Member Since 2014
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    "awkward style of writing the writer uses"

    The title of the review is a taste of the writing style.
    Having read my share of audible books I can tell this particular book needs a thorough revision for narration.
    The writing style of the book is at the least awkward, making it hard to listen to. Although the narrator has a pleasant voice and pase, he seems to be thrown out of his rhythm every other line. I guess most sentences are too long and too complex to make heads or tails of it or to be able to determine what part needs emphasis.
    Also the introduction is full of disclaimers and bylines not of interest to the reader, making me think 'get on with it'. Otherwise a potential interesting book.
    (my own disclaimer: I have read this books first few chapters, not the entire book (yet)).

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    Laura New York, NY, USA 07-04-09
    Laura New York, NY, USA 07-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Unfit for audible"

    This seminal work is not the type of book to digest on audible.

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    John Saint Clairsville, OH, United States 12-17-11
    John Saint Clairsville, OH, United States 12-17-11

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    "Not going to finish it."

    I put it down 1 hour into it. Counterintuitive. I should have read all of the other reviews prior to purchase!

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    Bob Denny Mesa, AZ 09-23-11
    Bob Denny Mesa, AZ 09-23-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Snore, I couldn't finish it"
    What would have made The Structure of Scientific Revolutions better?

    Probably nothing, the theses and topic just wasn't for me. I'm not a philosopher and have little respect for mind benders.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and amazement that people would try to "interpret" science, which is all about pushing aside interpretation and dealing with bare facts and truths.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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