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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Thomas S. Kuhn , Ian Hacking
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"Thomas S. Kuhn didn't invent the phrase paradigm shift, but he popularized it and gave it the meaning it has today. He also triggered one when he published The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in 1962.... After Kuhn, we can no longer ignore the fact that however powerful science is, it's as flawed as the scientists who do it." -Time, All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books "Occasionally there emerges a book which has an influence far beyond its originally intended audience.... Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.... has clearly emerged as just such a work." -Ron Johnston, Times Higher Education Supplement "The book really did change 'the image of science by which we are now possessed.' Forever." -Ian Hacking, from the Introduction "Perhaps the best explanation of the process of discovery." -William Irwin Thompson, New York Times Book Review "A landmark in intellectual history which has attracted attention far beyond its own immediate field.... If causing a revolution is the hallmark of a superior paradigm, Structure has been a resounding success." -Nicholas Wade, Science "Among the most influential academic books in this century." -Choice"


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.

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. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context.  Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen masterpiece 31. März 2014
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A must read book for all scientists and all wants to have a deeper understanding of science, enplanes role of society, history in development of science
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Das Buch ist für jeden Wißenschaftler haben. 9. Januar 2015
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Solche Bücher grundsätzlich nie "volljährig", wie sie einige unvergängliche Wahrheiten zu entdecken, und markieren Sie immer die Philosophie der Wißenschaft. Jeder neue Generation von Forschern würde "neu zu entdecken", es wieder und wieder.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Das Buch ist ein Muss! 7. September 2014
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Ein Buch, das alle Professoren, Studierenden und Wissenschaftler lesen müssen! Besonders die Mainstream-Theoretiker! Die Ausführungen sind äusserst prezisse und tiefgreifend und die Themen sind aktueller als je zuvor!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Revolutionäres Buch 12. Dezember 2012
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Thomas S. Kuhn war einer der Autoren, mit denen ich mich in meiner Doktorarbeit beschäftigt habe. Das Buch wurde 1970 veröffentlicht, bleibt aber immer noch aktuell. Ein Grund dafür ist sicherlich die Vielfalt von in dem Buch enthaltenen Begriffen und Fragen. Auch die Zahl der Bereiche, wofür das Buch und Kuhns Theorien als wichtig gelten, hat dazu beigretragen, dass es so viele Ausgaben gegeben hat: Geschichte der Wissenschaft, Soziologie der Wissenschaft, Philosophie der Wissenschaft, Metaphysik, Epistemologie usw.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thought Provoking, Relevant, Readable 2. September 2012
Von Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Veröffentlicht auf
As a practicing scientist and someone who has always been interested in history and the development of scientific ideas "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" has for long time been the book that loomed large on my intellectual horizon. Thomas Kuhn's book has for a long time had a reputation as the definitive and seminal work on understanding how new scientific ideas come about and how and why they gain support. Part of my reluctance to start reading this book stemmed from my belief that it would be an overly philosophical work, with a lot of opaque technical jargon, and with very little relevance to actual scientific practice. However, to my great surprise and delight, nothing could be farther from the truth. This book is written in a very matter-of-fact style, and it is easy to understand what Kuhn is getting at. His own background in science and history of science probably made him very sensitive to the working and thinking of practicing scientists.

The insights that Kuhn has arrived at are still relevant almost half a century after this book has been published. The idea of "paradigm shifts" has even entered the mainstream consciousness, to the point that it can be caricatured in various cartoons and silly t-shirts. However, after reading this book it is not quite clear to me whether Khun wanted this to be a description of the way that science works, or more of a normative prescription for how to arrive at truly fundamental changes in some scientific discipline. This is particularly relevant for disciplines or directions of research that seem to have gotten stuck in some dead end, as has been the case with particle physics for several decades.

Whether you are a practicing scientist, someone interested in science, or someone who would like to know more about how scientific breakthroughs happen you'll greatly benefit from reading this book. You may not agree with Khun's every conclusion, but the longevity of the ideas presented here makes them relevant for every serious discussion about scientific endeavor.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thomas Kuhn's Small Book Is a Big Deal 5. April 2012
Von C.V. May - Veröffentlicht auf
I do agree with the reviewer that heartily disagreed with a critical reviewer's estimate of Kuhn's work in question here as "puerile." Something here reeks of a seething academic envy to me. Kuhn was able to show precisely how and why scientific revolutions evolve as they do. I cut my teeth on this book as a grad student. I was impressed mightily then, and I remain impressed now. Even the word "paradigm," part of Kuhn's signature term "paradigm shift," became popularized and has gone mainstream only to be generally misused by the illiterate that have no idea how the term came into everyday parlance, nor do they understand its proper usage in received diction.

Kuhn's little masterwork is viable still. My admiration for him is viable still. The man had high insight and the guts to publish his observations. Somehow, I neglected to have my children read it, but now I shall belatedly recommend it to them.

Read it and benefit from it.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ground breaking 17. Juni 2012
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What an excellent oppotunity to revisit this book and to have Ian Hacking write an essay for it means I am ordering it today. I wanted to draw people's attention to Guy Robinson's work, someone not well known, but who has drawn out some of the implications of Kuhn's work in a series of essays called Philosophy and Mystification. Kuhn expressed the view in correspondence to Guy that "You've seen to an almost unprecedented extent what I've been up to. I couldn't have identified my position so clearly at the time I wrote Structure." Someone has put some of Guy's essays on line including the key one 'On Misunderstanding Science' [...]

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Re-readable, relevant, and revolutionary 13. Oktober 2012
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Have you ever wondered what makes one scientific experiment considered a breakthrough while others simply place more pieces into the puzzle? Thomas Kuhn's book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, now in its 50th anniversary edition, withstands the test of time in its relevance to today's world of science. In addition to popularizing the phrase "paradigm shift", this book addresses the philosophy of science by questioning the assumption that scientific discovery is a linear progression toward the truth, as history might lead you to believe.

As the title suggests, this book thoughtfully presents a structure to scientific revolutions starting with an explanation of how "normal science" (versus great moments in science) operates to clarify an accepted model or pattern, which then serves to establish a paradigm. When the problem solving of normal science leads to anomalies that can no longer be explained within the established paradigm, crisis ensues. Finally, this crisis is resolved through the establishment of a new paradigm. Kuhn is clear that this structure of scientific revolutions is not a process leading toward the truth, but more of a process of evolution from "primitive beginnings." This book offers deep insight that applies beyond the field of science. You don't need to be a scientist to grasp the transformational thoughts presented by Kuhn.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The book that started the revolution in thinking 11. Oktober 2014
Von Charlie Aukerman - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is the book that started the discussion. When I was in college, this book had just been published, and it created a firestorm in academia. Now, many years later, it is still the starting point for any discussion of theories of the sciences, whether physical or social. It is still a must-read book to understand what all the discussion is about. I am currently reading a book on the scientific analysis of the presidency, and this book, and some that criticize it, are the subject of the first chapter. While I tend to agree with Kuhn's analysis, some of his critics have made fairly strong points against it as well. See what started it all, now in eBook form. This was on a required reading list for me when I was in college; it still should be on required reading lists today.
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