The Structure of Scientific Revolutions


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas S. Kuhn (1962, 1970, 1996)

This is it — the book that spawned the term paradigm shift. At the time of its writing, Kuhn never imagined that his term, let alone the concept, would find its way out of the History of Science Department and into the vernacular of mainstream America. In fact, Kuhn felt compelled to write a Postscript in 1969 explaining his use of the term, as it was even then beginning to show legs. As important as his contribution to our vocabulary is, however, the purpose of Kuhn’s book is true to its title: an explanation of the structure of scientific revolutions. Kuhn is thus careful to draw his conclusions only from within the circle of his specialty, the history of science. The fact that the rest of us have applied his term to just about every facet of life probably has him laughing to this day. So if you want to know what you’re really talking about when you refer to a paradigm shift, you need to go back to the source. And this is it. 212 pages.



    1. Introduction: A Role for History
    2. The Route to Normal Science
    3. The Nature of Normal Science
    4. Normal Science as Puzzle-solving
    5. The Priority of Paradigms
    6. Anomaly and the Emergence of Scientific Discoveries
    7. Crisis and the Emergence of Scientific Theories
    8. The Response to Crisis
    9. The Nature and Necessity of Scientific Revolutions
    10. Revolutions as Changes of World View
    11. The Invisibility of Revolutions
    12. The Resolutions of Revolutions
    13. Progress through Revolutions

Postcript — 1969


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