[UCP Books]: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition

“The book really did change ‘the image of science by which we are now possessed.’ Forever.”
Ian Hacking, from the Introductory Essay
Kuhn didn’t invent the phrase paradigm shift, but he popularized it and gave it the meaning it has today. He also triggered one when he published The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in 1962.”
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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

50th Anniversary Edition

by Thomas S. Kuhn
With an Introductory Essay by Ian Hacking

Publication Date: May 22, 2012 Paper $15.00 • £9.50 
UK Publication Date: June 12, 2012 978-0-226-45812-0

When the University of Chicago Press first published The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in 1962 we did so with little fanfare—a small, half page listing buried in our seasonal catalog. We had no idea that we had a book on our hands that would sell over 1.4 million copies. The publication turned out to be a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Thomas S. Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, and though he 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 fifty years later.

This new edition of Kuhn’s essential work includes an insightful introductory essay by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn’s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s essay provides important background information as well as a contemporary context.  Newly designed, with an expanded index, this fiftieth-anniversary edition will continue to shape how we understand and perceive science and its history.


Thomas S. Kuhn (1922–96) was the Laurence Rockefeller Professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include The Essential Tension; Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894–1912; and The Copernican Revolution. Please contact Carrie Olivia Adams at 773-702-4216 or cadams@press.uchicago.edu for more information.


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