Richard Cassidy

Helpful votes received on reviews: 53% (8 of 15)
Location: Saskatoon, Canada


Top Reviewer Ranking: 478,164 - Total Helpful Votes: 8 of 15
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This review is more of a personal comment on why I feel scientists should read this book, rather than a summary of ideas within Kuhn's book.

As a research scientist who has worked in government/industry and academia, I was rather embarrassed when I discovered Kuhn's book later in my career. Kuhn, who was a PhD physicist, had published a book that is the most cited single-author publication in the arts and humanities citation index for the later 1900s. Irrespective of what one thinks of his ideas, this track record should be sufficient to make it part of all science education. But, I had never heard of him! With time I discovered that I had lots of company in the scientific… Read more
What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If every university teacher were to read only one book about education before they started 'teaching', this is the book! The book is short, easy to read, clear, and provides convincing evidence for the range of approaches that work effectively. An interesting and thorough summary of the attitudes, beliefs, and practices of highly effective teachers. The book shows that our mindsets are vitally important.
We Have Never Been Modern by Bruno Latour
We Have Never Been Modern by Bruno Latour
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As a professional research scientist who has read extensively on broader issues concerning science and society, and who has developed courses in this area for graduate science students, I was looking forward to reading a book by Bruno Latour. As one other reviewer has stated, Latour is a prominent name in the area of science studies. Prior to obtaining this book I had only read short summaries of his ideas or short sections of his writing contained in other authors books.

In the "Acknowledgements" section, which introduces the book, Latour states "I am trying here to bring the emerging field of science studies to the attention of the literate public through the philosophy… Read more

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