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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.

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

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    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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    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.


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    James San Jose, CA, United States 06-25-09
    James San Jose, CA, United States 06-25-09 Member Since 2009

    Give me science, or give me death!

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    "Boring"

    This book is exceedingly boring. The same few anecdotes from history are discussed over and over, but nothing conclusive or provable is discovered. It is richly philosophical, but in the way that puts off a scientific mind and does not inspire curiosity or profound thought. If you like to read science, skip it. If you can't sleep, give it a read.

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    Joan I Tacoma, WA, USA 08-09-09
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    "Over my head"

    This book was advertized as a book that would appeal to all readers, not just those who are scientists. I do not agree. Although I consider myself to be a well educated person who loves reading non-fiction, this book was boring and way over my head, not to mention a waste of money!

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