The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition by Thomas S. KuhnThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition by Thomas S. Kuhn

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition

byThomas S. Kuhn

Paperback | April 30, 2012

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A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.

With The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age.

This new edition of Kuhn’s essential work in the history of science includes an insightful introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn’s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context.  Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.

Thomas S. Kuhn (1922–96) was the Laurence Rockefeller Professor 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.
Title:The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 30, 2012Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226458121

ISBN - 13:9780226458120

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenging and Enriching This is a landmark in intellectual history, and for good reason. Kuhn argues convincingly for a non-linear account of scientific progress that runs counter to our common conceptions. Very well written and interesting.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Loved It! This is a great read and very affordable. The examples were relevant and the book focused on all the topics discussed in my first year Philosophy class.
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Table of Contents

Introductory Essay by Ian Hacking


I. Introduction: A Role for History

II. The Route to Normal Science 

III. The Nature of Normal Science 

IV. Normal Science as Puzzle-solving 

V. The Priority of Paradigms 

VI. Anomaly and the Emergence of Scientific Revolutions 

VII. Crisis and the Emergence of Scientific Theories 

VIII. The Response to Crisis 

IX. The Nature and Necessity of Scientific Revolutions 

X. Revolutions as Changes of World View 

XI. The Invisibility of Revolutions 

XII. The Resolution of Revolutions 

XIII. Progress through Revolutions 



Editorial Reviews

“The Kuhnian image of science has reshaped our understanding of the scientific enterprise and human inquiry in general. If you haven’t already read The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, the publication of this inexpensive 50th-anniversary edition offers a perfect excuse to do so.”