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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must-Read Book
"The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" is one of the most influential, and certainly one of the most cited, books of the 20th century. Kuhn persuasively undercuts the notion of the progressive growth of scientific knowledge, arguing that what is thought of as "science" at one period of history will be seen as "non-science" in a later...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Incomplete and misleading
Kuhn's book is eminently popular and with good reason - it surveys a large number of important historical developments in science.
Unfortunately, his main thesis for which the book is famous, namely that science occurs in incommeasurable revolutions, is very dubiously supported. A more careful investigation of cases (see, for instance, P. Kitcher's book _The...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Kuhn helps us to understand the digital music revolution, 25. Juli 1999
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This book is assigned reading for the advanced seminar I am teaching this fall at Loyola Law School on the digital delivery of entertainment products. The interface between IT and IP, triggered by the open format MP3 "revolution", brings Kuhn's seminal work into a realm of practical and pragmatic importance like never before. The old network of interrelations in the music and entertainment business has broken down, and a new paradigm is emerging, with or without Kuhn's help. However, those who have assimilated the roadmap and directions for paradigmatic change are better eqippped to assess and act upon the dizzying flow of new information, business models, and ideas, that result from the appearance of anomalies and the resulting crises. I also teach music and entertainment law at Tulane Law School, and there we are hosting a "Music in the Digital Millenium" Forum in Nov of 1999, dedicating the academic forum to Prof. Kuhn and this work, the most underevaluatred philosophical book of the century. Prof. Justin A. Zitler
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A whole new perspective on the scientific act, 6. Juni 1999
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this classical book is a real mind changer for the amateur scientist - philosopher. Kuhn gives the world of science and scientists a new perspective and leads the way for contemporary philosophy of science. a great first look at an open field of philosophy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thomas Kuhn is a rare, big systems thinker, 27. März 1999
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"Paradigms" are the cliché of the 90's. Today we talk about "changing our paradigms" about as often as we "change our tires" and "change our minds". Here is a little trivia: Thomas Kuhn invented the concept of "paradigm shift" in 1962. This book is a classic. Kuhn is one of the giants of systems thinking. Read the source and find out how Copernicus caused a 30 year crises when he suggested that the earth might revolve around sun! Are we more advanced than the days of Copernicus? Probably not. This book is worthwhile exercise in humility training.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing book, 14. November 1998
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I read this book for a philosophy 101 class and it was the only title on the list that was bearable. I was surprised because I'm as terrible at science as philosophy, but Kuhn makes it understandable. This is one of those books that just makes the reader say "wow..." Everybody interested in learning more about the history/philosophy of science should read this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterpiece of historiography, 26. Oktober 1998
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There are few words to describe the powerful insights which Kuhn offers us in the area of science. It is clear to me that we are now moving through just the kind of scientific revolution Kuhn describes. Darwinism is inexorably replacing creationism as a paradigm (Kuhn`s word) for how we all got here. It is slow to be sure, just as Kuhn says, but it is happening with tidal force. Anyone wanting to understand these kinds of scientific changes will profit from getting Kuhn`s point of view. I don`t believe in shouting (in print or otherwise) so I`ll type: g-e-t i-t !!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thoughtful but parses like mental molasses, 4. Oktober 1998
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I agree with reader #2: this text is difficult to assimilate. Kuhn writes terribly (long, convoluted sentances). Is it worthwhile? Probably. The material presented by Kuhn might best be contrasted with George Basalla's book THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a milestone, 19. Juli 1998
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THis book is a definitive milestone a real must also in this IT revolution's years!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, 25. April 1997
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Kuhn, doesn't need any more appreciation (at least not from me), and there's more than enough in the other reviews, so what I'll try to provide is a brief synopsis of how the book outlines Kuhn's radical theory.In many ways, the theory is still radical, because people still want to believe that science marks progress, and moves unerringly from one theory to the next, better one. What Kuhn did, was decimate the idea that the 'progress' of science was a steady movement towards the truth, and the never articulated preconception that the "truth" itself (or if you prefer the better theory) was self-evident and would be recognized on sight.Illustrated with hilarious examples of the manner in which the most scientific of all sciences, Physics, has floundered about over the centuries, the book makes its point very forcefully. There is no science disembodied from scientists, there is no scientific theory that is not profoundly influenced by the scientific and social milieu it finds itself in. Kuhn isn't saying science is completely divorced from "reality" or "truth", the Structure of Scientific Revolutions just looks very closely at major and minor scientific "advances" of hte previous centuries and finds no evidence that suggest the dynamic of scientific progress is smooth.
Kuhn was a physicist, but gave that up to work in History of Science. This book is rather compact for a text that would so radically alter its entire discipline (and many others besides), but that is probably what gives it the broad appeal it has. It's not a "difficult" book, nor is it unduly academic. It's certainly not going to be a cake-walk, Kuhn's conception is sufficiently strange to make demands on the reader (as is his language). But the entire exercise is well worth the effort. When you get through the 150 odd pages of this text, you wonder why it wasn't said before. Then you wonder whether everything we so firmly believe stands on as shaky ground. Like the man said, you must read this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Disconcerting paradigms, 9. April 2010
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According to Kuhn scientific thinking rests on paradigms, on universally recognized scientific achievements that for a time provide model problems and solutions to a community of practitioners. The term paradigm, he adds, relates closely to normal science. The paradigm is a body of presuppositions which make science possible. No natural history can be interpreted in the absence of at least some implicit body of intertwined theoretical and methodological belief that permits selection, evaluation and criticism. Without these presuppositions, all data are equally relevant and equally meaningless. Thus a paradigm is an accepted model or pattern which establishes what shall be regarded as science. It defines both the problems of science and the area of the answers. The paradigm refuses by nature, you can say, to tolerate data which do not conform the presuppositions.
It follows that scientists normally aim to invent new theories, and they are often intolerant of those invented by others. Normal scientific research is directed to the articulation of those phenomena and theories that the paradigm already supplies. A paradigm is thus a criterion for choosing problems. Other problems are dismissed as metaphysical although they may have been relevant previously. Science, says the author, progresses rapidly because it chooses only those problems it can solve in terms of it s paradigm. There is no science without commitment to a paradigm. Kuhn points out that circular reasoning is used to defend the basic presupposition. In times of change each group uses its own paradigm to argue in that "paradigm`s defense" with a "resulting circularity". Paradigms so govern science that all past science is reviewed and seen in terms of progress towards the present paradigm.
What is the conclusion to this all? That science does not know truth, but builds its own model of a "truth" which it strives for. Modern science is operating on the basis of two mutually exclusive paradigms. First it assumes the eternal degree of brute, meaningless factuality. Second it assumes the autonomy of man as the sole source of law and meaning in a meaningless world.
In terms of its autonomy, modern science refuses to ascribe any goal or purpose to the universe. But, again, in terms of its autonomy, it can visualize a scientifically guided and created goal. This is an out crying contradiction.
This is a disconcerting idea, that scientists absolutize themselves and seriously plan to remake humanity in terms of their imagination. They dream the dream of reason, limited by themselves. The choice they have had was between God`s paradigm and man`s paradigm. The widespread acceptance of Kuhn`s paradigm clearly means that scientists have recognized their religious foundation, and they have self-consciously elected themselves as god-substitute, because they say what "truth" is, they command what is right or wrong. They are the modern priests. It seems that the relentless juggernaut of science is swiftly shattering the world we know and generating a blizzard of ethical, moral, and legal problems which mankind is already being called upon to solve.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent hypothesis in need of an update, 4. Januar 2000
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Amazon recommended this book and this time I found the recommendation to be very good indeed. Kuhn develops is argument slowly and methodically building carefully upon his initial themes. His precise style reminds me of Darwin’s Origin of Species although this book is far more readable. His ideas have stood the test of time and have influenced many fields as is obvious from the overuse of his phrase the “paradigm shift�. I enjoyed the book thoroughly but felt it could do with an update. I would be particularly interested in the overlap between his ideas and complexity theory, the similarities between paradigm shifts and phase transitions and the ways in which his argument may be influenced by the works of people like Matt Ridley and his ideas on the evolution of human cooperation detailed in his book “The Origins of Virtue�
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