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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

By Thomas S. Kuhn & Ian Hacking

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 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.

(excerpt from the Toronto Public Library)

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  • Adam M

    Sorry to RSVP and then not end up coming. I got a migraine at work this afternoon and had to come home to rest.

    March 31, 2014

  • Laurent L.

    I agree with Dan S. Perhaps it might work if we all came to the next event with a particular passage that interests us and, perhaps also, to bring a question to that particular passage for others to consider.

    How is it that 23 attended? That's about twice the number I saw. Were there two groups and one didn't know about the other? Were we experiencing, first hand, parallel universes?

    (or is it universi?)

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • Christine A. Gagnon R.

      We often have a significant number of more or less people who RSVP then attend. I agree, bring a passage that interests you.

      March 31, 2014

  • Louise w.

    Interesting material, leading to excellent discussion.

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • daniel s.

    Good discussion and good atmosphere. I would have liked to have seen a bit more attention paid to specific passages of the text?

    1 · January 28, 2014

  • Adam M

    hey, sorry again that I had to leave early - really long day. It was nice to meet you and I do plan to come to the next one, hopefully for the whole time :)

    2 · January 28, 2014

  • JC

    I won't make it. Weather complications. Enjoy!

    January 27, 2014

  • Scott J.

    Had to cram! But I'm hoping to have read/understood enough to contribute (even if just a little :P )

    January 27, 2014

  • Chris A.

    I really wanted to come to this event but I have a wicked horrible bronchial cough and cold and I don't think any of you want it so I have to back out ...

    January 27, 2014

  • Christine A. Gagnon R.

    Final location reminder. Please note that today's book club is at Scallywags, 11 St Clair Ave. W.

    January 27, 2014

  • Downtown D.

    Have fun! (We're doing it in class right now!)

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • daniel s.

    For those of you whose science is as rusty as mine, you can find good clear explanations in Wikipedia, using either the subject or the name or both e.g. Robert Boyle, or Boyle's Law ( with a neat explanatory animation. or, Kepler's Three Laws. The final chapters I found easier to read and more interesting ...

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Colin H.

    Still hoping to attend but running into some work related issues that may pull me away

    January 26, 2014

  • daniel s.

    In order to avoid "gratuitous difficulties and misunderstandings " (Kuhn) I urge participants to read Kuhn's Postscript, included in all editions after the Second Edition. Also Ian Hacking's helpful new Introductory Essay, if you have it ...

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Alan Y.

    I have heard good things about this book. This is a great excuse to read it....

    On a separate but related note...Does anyone know a good book for increasing reading speed and reading comprehension?

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Mario

      Speed Reading by Tony Buzan is supposed to be the best. Someone stole it from me a year ago .. LOL .. most libraries in Canada don't have it in stock. We can order it from Amazon though.

      1 · January 5, 2014

  • Colin H.

    I'm going to need to reread this before the meetup. Read it a couple of years ago - I think I still have it kicking around somewhere.

    1 · November 26, 2013

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