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There's a "Frank & Ernest" comic strip showing a chick breaking out of its shell, looking around, and saying, "Oh, wow! Paradigm shift!" Blame the late Thomas Kuhn. Few indeed are the philosophers or historians influential enough to make it into the funny papers, but Kuhn is one.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is indeed a paradigmatic work in the history of science. Kuhn's use of terms such as "paradigm shift" and "normal science," his ideas of how scientists move from disdain through doubt to acceptance of a new theory, his stress on social and psychological factors in science--all have had profound effects on historians, scientists, philosophers, critics, writers, business gurus, and even the cartoonist in the street.
Some scientists (such as Steven Weinberg and Ernst Mayr) are profoundly irritated by Kuhn, especially by the doubts he casts--or the way his work has been used to cast doubt--on the idea of scientific progress. Yet it has been said that the acceptance of plate tectonics in the 1960s, for instance, was sped by geologists' reluctance to be on the downside of a paradigm shift. Even Weinberg has said that "Structure has had a wider influence than any other book on the history of science." As one of Kuhn's obituaries noted, "We all live in a post-Kuhnian age." --Mary Ellen Curtin
When I undertook to read this great classic I expected it to be book about the history of science, but I ended up reading a philosophy of science treaty. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Normand Hamel
A must read this book teaches the limits of science and allows us to discern all the information out there todayPublished 20 months ago by kettlebella
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In many ways, this book is the most important philosophical work of the 20th century. It is, however, a deceptively easy read - the themes and concepts explored by Kuhn are... Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2009 by Moez
The complete title of this review is "Philosophic common sense applied to Science Evolution of Thought". Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Sergio A. Salazar Lozano
This relatively easy read while, focusing on the history of changes in scientific paradigms, really is applicable to a much wider audience. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by W. Fritz Krauss
This book, more than any other, has changed the way that I think about scholarship. I am not even a student of the "hard" sciences (I study linguistic anthropology) and... Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Linguodude
Unfortunately, the author, undoubtedly influenced by philosopher Immanuel Kant, tries to use reason against itself in a most disgraceful fashion. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by Eric Kassan
This was my first book as a master's student in environmental studies. I'd heard of it. I knew it was important. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by dragondazd