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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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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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    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)).

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Stan NJ. 08-23-15
    Stan NJ. 08-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    I don't get the acclaim for this one. Story was ok but the writing style was just not my cup of tea. At least it was a quick read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Tharpe Roswell, GA 09-05-13
    James Tharpe Roswell, GA 09-05-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Well articulated, but dry"

    This book covers the topic indicated by it's title very thoroughly. The result is simultaneously fascinating and boring. The arguments are well articulated and compelling, but the text lacks literary flavor. The content is so dense that it was, at times, difficult to stay attuned to what I was reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-14-13
    Henry Chatswood, Australia 07-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Required reading for scientists."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. This book provides an insight into the scientific process and how scientific ideas evolve over time. It's a nice reminder to the public and to those in scientific fields that 'fact' can be dictated by politics and social pressures of the day. Nothing is fixed and science is a dynamic field that makes mistakes, evolves, and changes.


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    Eric 05-23-13
    Eric 05-23-13
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    "The reader makes absorbing info difficult"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, unless you have no other choice. Actually reading this one will be time better spent, that is, at least in regard to this audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a very important book in regard to understanding the history and philosophy of science.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Holland?

    Certainly not Dennis Holland as he does a horrible job. His performance comes off as a cluelessly peppy version of the Captain Kirk parodied in "Family Guy."


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to absorb the info in this book, pick up a print copy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-07-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I just want to give a star rating. If you force me"
    Would you try another book from Thomas S. Kuhn and/or Dennis Holland?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    What was most disappointing about Thomas S. Kuhn’s story?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


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

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.


    Any additional comments?

    I just want to give a star rating. If you force me to say more, I will give you this tripe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    laura schoen 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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  • Isolde
    9/4/12
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    "Essential reading for thoughtful people"

    This is a work which is often quoted, but probably less often read and understood. It introduced the term "paradigm shift" to our conceptual world, and was instrumental in shaping contemporary philosophy of science.
    However, I feel it is overdue a return to prominence. I want current scientistic positivists (for example, Richard Dawkins) to read and deeply consider this essay. Its subtleties and cultural relevance have perhaps been forgotten of late.
    This is a work which might be challenging for those unfamiliar with scientific or philosophical writing. I feel that the narrator doesn't understand what he is reading, and this can be very distracting in a work that is complex and involved. However, there is so little primary philosophical literature available as unabridged audiobook, especially from the 20th and 21st centuries, that we just have to take what we can get.
    A must-read for anyone interested in philosophy or history of science.

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  • Louis
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    "very interesting"

    extremely interesting ideas about how scientific thought changes and the dynamics that are involved in such a process

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  • Artur
    6/11/16
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    "Good quality but where is ch6?"

    Good sound quality and reading speed and kuhn has produced a madterpiece- an essential book for philosophers and scientists. However quick check has revealed ch5 onwards are mislabelled they're all one CH ahead!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
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    10/15/09
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    "I love reading history and science"

    If you like heavy humanities papers, you'll love this.

    Otherwise you may find the humantities-paper tone unbearable.

    I really didn't like this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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