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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn • history of science • popular science

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is not a popular science book. It’s a much more difficult and intellectually demanding study. In classical science, there are puzzle pieces that don’t fit the existing equations. Once there are too many discoveries that do not fit the existing premises, gradually a new concept evolves. What makes the whole idea more tangled is the fact that there mightn’t be necessarily a clear starting point of that new concept since there are always people exploring outside the accepted doctrine to clarify anomalies.

In my opinion, the essential message of this book is ‘Every breakthrough in science is achieved through a paradigm-shifting experience that initially is resisted’ which presents the core principle for anyone seeking to keep their mind constantly open to sudden changes of perspectives.

The author explores those paradigm shifts with lots and lots of examples. He clarifies how they happen, how the establishment reacts, and how they become the new reality.

From time to time the book is a bit too protracted and I had a feeling that a hundred words to describe an idea the reader would clarify in 10 words. Nevertheless, I recommend the book for people who don’t like popular science readings but prefer to be intellectually challenged. It is also not for readers who seek practically actionable advice as the book provides assumptions and major structure of modern science.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
by Thomas S. Kuhn

Final rating:

Interesting story
4/5
Complexity of ideas
5/5
Repetitiveness
1/5
Flourish language
4/5
Recommendation
4/5

Book details:

Size: 226 pages
Published: 1996

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Other useful links:
Thomas S. Kuhn on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kuhn
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Structure_of_Scientific_Revolutions
Other book about innovation: The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner

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