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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Audiobook

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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    Philly Real Estate Broker Philadelphia, PA 05-16-13
    Philly Real Estate Broker Philadelphia, PA 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
    Kath Danvers, MA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2009
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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.

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    Brian Portland, OR, United States 02-25-13
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 05-28-11
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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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    "A classic, read by a robot"

    Very poor reader. In fact, the worst I've come to.

    Reads sentences like "And he was going to -pause- say that one cannot assume (...)"

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    Lee S. 03-31-17
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    "Well struc and worth a Scholar's time."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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    What three words best describe Dennis Holland’s performance?

    Concise and clear, somewhat dry in places, but not unbearable in any sense.


    Could you see The Structure of Scientific Revolutions being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This book is unlikely to transferred into any other media form, but it IS an excellent resource for science based documentaries.


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    D. Houston 03-07-17
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    "classic"

    Mandatory reading for all scientists who want to understand the context of their chosen career.

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    Sabastian 02-01-17
    Sabastian 02-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Powerful book"

    Great information. Very advanced reading/science level required! I was inspired to brush up on science and listen again.

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    A. Cunningham Northfield, MN 10-22-16
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    "Unpleasant reading of a stellar book"
    What did you like best about The Structure of Scientific Revolutions? What did you like least?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Dennis Holland’s performance?

    Slow; clumsy intonation.


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    Waleed Al-Shaikhli 10-15-16
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    "good book. poor narration"

    Good book. Wealth of ideas and prospective. I found the narrator to be fast paced.

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