George Johnson’s superb book explores the method behind some of science’s most dazzling discoveries – from the exquisite ingenuity of Galileo’s experiments on acceleration, to Newton’s fearless use of needles to understand vision.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Introduced by Ian Hacking
Foreword by Marcus du Sautoy
Published with a new foreword and vivid photography, Thomas S. Kuhn’s book is a cultural icon that changed how we think about the scientific revolutions of Newton, Darwin, Einstein and others.
Great books are rare. This is one. Read it and you’ll see.
- Introduction to the 50th anniversary edition by Ian Hacking
First published in 1962, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions transformed the world of science. In his landmark book, Kuhn challenged the long-standing belief that the great ideas of science emerge from a gradual process of experimentation and accumulated knowledge. His radical theory claimed just the opposite, that revolutions appear as explosive ‘paradigm shifts’ in thought: breakthroughs that sweep away old assumptions for ever. He illustrated his powerful argument with great turning points such as the Copernican revolution, Lavoisier’s discovery of oxygen, Einstein’s overthrowing of Newtonian physics and Darwin’s theory of evolution, taking the reader on an epic adventure through the history and workings of science. The Folio edition opens with a new foreword by the Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy. It includes integrated black-and-white images of scientists’ notebooks and historic experiments, as well as colour paintings of scientists at work, pioneering X-ray photographs and representations of the cosmos.