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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions PDF Summary

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions PDFHave you heard of something called “paradigm shift”?

Of course you have: it’s mentioned in every second “Big Bang Theory” episode.

Well, this is the book where that phrase was first invented:

Thomas Kuhn’s immensely influential “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.”

Who Should Read “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”? And Why?

“When it was first published in 1962,” – states the blurb on the 50th-anniversary edition of “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” – it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.

In other words, this is a landmark book: one that has changed the way we understand a certain thing once and for all, and one that will, most probably, never get old.

It is required reading in most curricula for students of philosophy, history, or science. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of thought or how progress happens.

Thomas KuhnAbout Thomas Kuhn

Thomas Samuel Kuhn was an American philosopher of science, historian, and physicist, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is most famous for his 1962 landmark study, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” which not only radically changed the way humans think about scientific progress, but it also questioned the very concept of “objectivity” in the world of science.

Kuhn’s other books include “The Copernican Revolution” and “Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912.”

He died from lung cancer at the age of 73, on June 17, 1996.

“The Structure of Scientific Revolutions PDF Summary”

Since science organizes our knowledge of the world “in the form of testable explanations,” it’s only natural that one assumes that its progress is incremental.

In other words, if an explanation is scientific, that means that it is essentially true, which, in turn, implies that every other explanation must not be contradictory to it and merely build upon and add to the already established knowledge.

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