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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50 Years On

To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas Kuhn’s classic work, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, the journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and
Biomedical Sciences are producing a Kuhn-and-revolutions-themed special
edition. The articles from this issue will be available for free on the journal’s website until the end of November 2012. You can download the articles here.

Papers available on the website include:

Hempelian and Kuhnian approaches in the philosophy of medicine: the Semmelweis case
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 36, Issue 1, March 2005, Pages 159-18
Donald Gillies

Composite paradigms in medicine: Analysing Gillies’ claim of reclassification of disease without paradigm shift in the case of Helicobacter pylori
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 43, Issue 3, September 2012, Pages 643-654
Joseph Hutton

Paradigm change in evolutionary microbiology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 36, Issue 1, March 2005, Pages 183-208
Maureen A. O’Malley, Yan Boucher

Principles, exemplars, and uses of history in early 20th century genetics
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 42, Issue 2, June 2011, Pages 210-225
Jeffrey M. Skopek

Was there a Bacteriological Revolution in late nineteenth-century medicine?
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Volume 38, Issue 1, March 2007, Pages 20-42
Michael Worboys

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3 Responses to The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50 Years On

  1. There’s no such thing as scientific revolutions!
    it’s just about tiny circles of people on some subject/conclusion being corrected by someone else!
    they really do try to say their conclusions are so excellent that to overthrow them is something else indeed.
    In reality its just incompetence being , perhaps, corrected by a wee bit better investigation.

  2. OT:

    Researchers unveil 3-D structure of ‘molecular machine’ that initiates DNA transcription – Oct 18th, 2012
    Excerpt: “Determining the structure of a functional, specific transcription initiation complex has been a goal of researchers for three decades,” said Ebright, ,,
    “This study represents a very significant contribution to our understanding of the workings of this central macromolecular machine of gene expression,”
    http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/newsid=27033.php

    Structural Basis of Transcription Initiation – Published Online October 18 2012
    http://www.sciencemag.org/cont.....6.abstract

  3. I remember skimming through it a while back but I’ll have to give the book a second look now.

    Books like this tend to give me a little hope that there may be an easy blueprint for making ID the mainstream way of thinking in academic circles. But no two paradigm shifts are entirely alike, and the path with few obstacles often leads nowhere.

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