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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (original 1962; edition 1996)

by Thomas S. Kuhn

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Title:The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Authors:Thomas S. Kuhn
Info:University Of Chicago Press (1996), Edition: 3, Paperback, 226 pages
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Tags:history, nonfiction, philosophy, science

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn (1962)

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    Human Understanding: The Collective Use and Evolution of Concepts by Stephen Toulmin (thcson)
    thcson: Toulmin gives a good critique of Kuhn and discusses the history of scientific concepts from an evolutionary point of view. He utilizes the history of science in much the same way.
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    The Body in Question by Jonathan Miller (Thruston)
    Thruston: The nature of the scientific process set out in Kuhn's masterly account, is one of the central themes in Miller's entertaining history of medicine and the way humans perceive themselves.

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I would give this 6 stars if I could.

The theses of this work are fairly well know, to those who would come looking for it, so I will not get into that. Rather I will say that this is a book that deserves a re-reading or two (or three) for the nuance that runs all throughout it. I will certainly be coming back to it in a few months or a year. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Oct 17, 2016 |
After hearing so much about this book for so long, I was pretty familiar with the basic idea (although reading it in full did give me, of course, a much better appreciation for what Kuhn was and was not trying to do with the concept of scientific revolutions), but the idea that was most fascinating to me was that science, like physical evolution, develops away from something, not toward anything (like, for instance, unvarnished Truth). I'm probably now going to become that person who cites this book way too often. ( )
1 vote jen.e.moore | Aug 3, 2016 |
Possuo a versão portuguesa do livro
é um clássico sobre a história da ciência e considero tratar-se de uma leitura obrigatória para que deseje abraçar a atividade de prdução de ciência - cientista.

é um livro algo difícil de ler, mas interessante e com densidade, detalhe e uma forte estrutura argumentativa em defesa da forma como evolui a ciência e o conhecimento humano.

Escrito por um físico é uma peça de grande vigor inteletual e um excelente contributo para a história e sociologia da ciência.

Também por isso, uma excelente leitura para um professor universitário.
Este é o local da origem do conceito paradigma tal como o entendemos quando alguém pretende que se está a mudar de paradigma.

No contexto atual, face aos desafios que se nos colocam e à extrema necessidade de se reconsiderar práticas correntes e à maior importância da sustentabilidade e das redes, considero esta leitura um bom ponto de partida...

(lido pela segunda vez...) ( )
  lbgouveia | May 17, 2016 |
A long and seemingly never-ending read for a philosophy of science class (I finished the postscript about a year later). At times the text was extremely enlightening, but mostly I found it dense and perhaps self-serving. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
A great and important book. "Revolutionary" even. But revolutionary books eventually seem a tad old hat. ( )
1 vote timspalding | Jun 8, 2015 |
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The lasting value of Kuhn’s thesis in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that it reminds us that any science, however apparently purified of the taint of philosophical speculation, is nevertheless embedded in a philosophical framework — and that the great success of physics and biology is due not to their actual independence from philosophy but rather to physicists’ and biologists’ dismissal of it. Those who are inclined to take this dismissal as meaning that philosophy is dead altogether, or has been replaced by science, will do well to recognize the force by which Kuhn’s thesis opposes this stance: History has repeatedly demonstrated that periods of progress in normal science — when philosophy seems to be moot — may be long and steady, but they lead to a time when non-scientific, philosophical questions again become paramount. ...

Kuhn deserves the respect of the rigorous criticism that has come his way. It is fitting that his provocative thesis has faced blistering scrutiny — and remarkable that it has survived to instruct and vex us five decades later.

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History, if viewed as a repository for more than anecdote or chronology, could produce a decisive transformation in the image of science by which we are now possessed.
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Questo libro del 1962, l'opera più conosciuta del filosofo americano e uno dei testi teorici più influenti della seconda metà del ventesimo secolo, è divenuto un punto di riferimento stabile per il mondo degli scienziati e dei filosofi della scienza, di cui ha contribuito a rinnovare profondamente vocabolario e orizzonti di riferimento. Nella "Struttura delle rivoluzioni scientifiche", Kuhn sostiene la tesi che la scienza, invece di progredire gradualmente verso la verità, è soggetta a rivoluzioni periodiche, le spiegazioni sono tali all'interno di una struttura, di una vasta rete di interconnessioni, che diventa sempre più sottile, ma che spesso si imbatte in fenomeni che non riesce a spiegare senza trasformare radicalmente se stessa. Esiste una interazione tra struttura concettuale della scienza e realtà, tra realtà sociale e scienza, che si manifesta nel complesso di forze che decidono cosa è problema e cosa è "soluzione" di un problema. Cosa non nuova, ma che Kuhn è stato il primo ad affrontare analiticamente, tenendo fede al detto baconiano con cui si apre questo libro non baconiano: "La verità emerge piuttosto dall'errore che dalla confusione".
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There's a "Frank & Ernest" comic strip showing a chick breaking out of its shell, looking around, and saying, "Oh, wow! Paradigm shift!" Blame the late Thomas Kuhn. Few indeed are the philosophers or historians influential enough to make it into the funny papers, but Kuhn is one.

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

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An analysis of the history of science. Its publication was a landmark event in the sociology of knowledge, and popularized the terms paradigm and paradigm shift.

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