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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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    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
    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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    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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    OJ King Northridge, CA 06-15-15
    OJ King Northridge, CA 06-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just a Beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Anyone in the scientific fields will find the truth of "normal science". Anyone who thinks will be amazed at the depth to which the "Copernican Revolution/paradigm Shift" can take you. This book can be life-altering. This is not Scientology but Philosophy of Science. And it is very cool!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the geocentric view of the universe began when the Pope asked someone to create a better calendar.


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

    No, multiple sessions, wanting to consider and re-consider what Kuhn is suggesting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Jay 07-03-12
    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 2017
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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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