Thomas S. Kuhn's classic book is now available with a new index."A landmark in intellectual history which has attracted attention far beyond its own immediate field. . . . It is written with a combination of depth and clarity that make it an almost ...
ost unbroken series of aphorisms. . . . Kuhn does not permit truth to be a criterion of scientific theories, he would presumably not claim his own theory to be true. But if causing a revolution is the hallmark of a superior paradigm, [this book] has been a resounding success". --Nicholas Wade, "Science"
"Perhaps the best explanation of [the] process of discovery". --William Erwin Thompson, "New York Times Book Review"
"Occasionally there emerges a book which has an influence far beyond its originally intended audience. . . . Thomas Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" . . . has clearly emerged as just such a work". --Ron Johnston, "Times Higher Education Supplement"
"Among the most influential academic books in this century". -- "Choice"
--One of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War", "Times Literary Supplement"
Thomas S. Kuhn was the Laurence Rockefeller Professor Emeritus of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include "The Essential Tension; Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912; " and "The Copernican Revolution".
In my opinion, we should be careful using "paradigm shift" in the Kuhnian sense, unless you have read and understood this book (and the different meanings of paradigm). Kuhn points out that science does not develop in a linear/ cumulative manner,
..." but that, like e.g. in art and music, revolutions are at work; it was a revelation at the time.
Kuhn discusses normal science and solving puzzles, anomalies and crises and their purposes for the progress of science. I like the way Kuhn refers to paradigms as maps, not just providing an overview, but also some guidelines for designing the paradigm. It is beyond my guess that Kuhn (like Darwin and Plank) understood very well, that it is up to a next generation to judge his work, as the current generation is most often living the paradigm of the times (and rather entrenched in it). A very highly recommended read. Continua...Nascondi
I've added this book to topic/books-to-better-understand-societies because I think understanding the evolution of the "scientific thought" is key for the understanding of modern societies. Also because the book was (rightfully IMO) defined as one of
..." the most influential books published after WWII. What we nowadays think as "scientifically proven" and then true, can in fact be relativised and defined as "working well enough to be considered as true today". The phlogiston theory was neither wrong nor unscientific, and was good for the time as it could explain most known phenomena. Contrary to what Popper and followers think, any paradigma can (and has to) be adjusted whenever contradictions arise. Physicist did not decide to throw Newton in the bin after the Michelson–Morley experiment, or Boltzman out of the window because could not explain Edison effect. They tried to adjust the now-called-classical mechanics and statistical mechanics. After decades of failures, they had to accept Einstein interpretations.... physicists too are nothing more than pragmatic opportunist.Continua...Nascondi
This is a great book, and I recommend it to everyone. Having said that, There has to be a warning: it tends to be reeeally dry, to have some (frankly boring) repetitions, and to drag certain discussions out way beyond what would be needed to prove
..." the point.Continua...Nascondi