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Revolution in Science Paperback – April 14, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0674767782 ISBN-10: 0674767780

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  • Paperback: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (April 14, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674767780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674767782
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Cohen’s Revolution in Science offers an impressive survey—with his own critical insights and interpretations—of the concept of revolutions. Only someone with his prodigious erudition and knowledge of the history of science could undertake such a project. In short, Professor Cohen’s book is wide-ranging in scope, packed with details of substance and interpretation, and will appeal to a similarly wide-ranging readership. It is a masterful study. (Joseph W. Dauben)

About the Author

I. Bernard Cohen was Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, at Harvard University, and one of the founders of the modern study of the history of science.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 15, 2009
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A lengthy and well written exploration of the concept of revolutions in science, this book is partly historiography and partly an analysis of scientific revolutions. Are there scientific revolutions? If so, how are they identified? How have conceptions of scientific revolutions changed over time? What features do such revolutions exhibit? How do modern conceptions of scientific revolutions differ from older conceptions? What does revolution mean in this context or in other contexts? All these topics are examined. Cohen's approach is largely chronological narrative of these topics starting with the Scientific Revolution of early modern Europe. Much of this narrative is very well done and this book has some very nice and concise descriptions of major scientific developments. The discussion of the Scientific Revolution, Cohen's specialty, is particularly good. Analytically, however, this book is a bit disappointing. Cohen does articulate some ideas about how scientific revolutions occur but these are largely commonsense inferences. His criteria for identifying scientific revolutions essentially boil down to retrospective recognition of importance, not any structural analysis.
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