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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is indeed a paradigmatic work in the history of science. Kuhn's use of terms such as "paradigm shift" and "normal science," his ideas of how scientists move from disdain through doubt to acceptance of a new theory, his stress on social and psychological factors in science--all have had profound effects on historians, scientists, philosophers, critics, writers, business gurus, and even the cartoonist in the street.
Some scientists (such as Steven Weinberg and Ernst Mayr) are profoundly irritated by Kuhn, especially by the doubts he casts--or the way his work has been used to cast doubt--on the idea of scientific progress. Yet it has been said that the acceptance of plate tectonics in the 1960s, for instance, was sped by geologists' reluctance to be on the downside of a paradigm shift. Even Weinberg has said that "Structure has had a wider influence than any other book on the history of science." As one of Kuhn's obituaries noted, "We all live in a post-Kuhnian age." --Mary Ellen Curtin
When I undertook to read this great classic I expected it to be book about the history of science, but I ended up reading a philosophy of science treaty. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Normand Hamel
Good arrival time, great packaging and is a really great reading book, great. If this is what you need, I would recommend buying it.Published 6 months ago by CathyMike
The man writes like a 17th century philosopher and although I understood his main points, I had trouble following the syntactic path he used to get there. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert Skoglund
This is a fantastic work. I am writing my BA on it.Published 8 months ago by Somethingsomethingdarkside
Somewhat dated book, which expresses what is now one of the classic vibes in science. From what I understand, the book is overrated to philosophers, and underrated to scientists. Read morePublished 10 months ago by N. Coppedge