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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
By Thomas S. Kuhn
10/10 from 1 review
Categories: Science & Technology
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Introducing paradigms shifts and a wake up call on how science evolves
Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolution is certainly the first time I usefully read about paradigms and paradigms shifts. I’m modestly confident that he coined the later phrase (well before it become popular for this new media revolution lark).

Written some time ago – it introduces these concepts as a means of characterising how certain key moments in the history of scientific progress turn. Hence the title -- as these key moments are viewed as in many ways equivalent to social revolutions. With the descriptions ringing eerily true there is argument for how strong an impact the sociology within the scientific community influences scientific progress and how that community undertakes science.

As with many of my most fondly recalled reads, this book is a pretty quick, light and easy read - almost a long essay (or set of them). There’s no excuse not to read it if you have any interest in how science “works” as a human endeavour or would just like some ammunition within the philosophy of science arena with which to disrupt a down to earth scientist who doesn’t lift his head to consider the world he’s involved in. Actually – if you think that excludes you then read it anyway as you’re probably just being too narrow in your concept of “science” if you think you’re not interested.

It makes a small number of profound observations and connections, which are almost obvious once made. It stretches a little beyond these but the power and value of the book could almost be culled into just a few pages focused on these key points. For these it’s definitely worth a first read – but if the key points hit you on the first reading like they hit me then don’t get too uncritical of the rest of the baggage within the book.

I’m going to rate it as a must read as I think it is. If you’ve not read it before - either some important concepts will resonate and probably find new clarity and wider application … or will be largely considered anew in which case it’s doubly valuable.
Rating: 10/10
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Posted by Manar Hussain on Fri, 12th October 2001, 8:39pm
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