This book was recommended to me by a taxi driver in Montreal. He taught English at a university at nights and drove during the day. Apparently taxis are excellent investments if you can afford the medallion yourself. A few notes on the book:
- I agree with Kuhn's view of textbooks, namely, that (a) they're of immense value in presenting the good stuff culled from the corpus of prior research, (b) they're instrumental (particularly through example problems) in actually building the paradigm, and (c) an unfortunate effect of (a) is that they misrepresent the way science actually progresses as incremental accumulation when it's more like a quasi-Darwinian instance of punctuated equilibrium.
- The essential cycle: paradigm, puzzle-solving, crisis, new paradigm.
- I found it interesting that he likens the "progress" of science to that of evolution: proceeding without a purpose, without an end goal. This is in contrast to the widely-held belief in increasingly good approximations to some ontological "truth."
- Ahead of his time in terms of understanding exactly how (at the individual and group level) paradigm shifts happen, based on his research/reading into the importance of analogy-making/perception/cognitive schemas.