Scientific Revolution

November 3, 2013
(was 04.21.2013)

What makes a scientific revolution?  Thomas Kuhn said it’s when a new paradigm blows the old scientific model out of the water.  Fifty years later, we examine Kuhn's legacy, and talk with iconoclastic scientist Rupert Sheldrake, who says science is mired in untested dogmas.  Also, stories of two remarkable scientific discoveries.

  1. Rupert Sheldrake on "Science Set Free"

    Is science really open to every good idea?  Controversial biologist Rupert Sheldrake says modern science is mired in various dogmas - boundaries you're not supposed to cross, at least if you value your job and your reputation.

    Average: 4 (44 votes)
  2. Thomas Kuhn's "Structure of Scientific Revolutions"

    Thomas Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" was the rare book that changed how we think.  On its 50th anniversary, historian of science Tom Broman talks about Kuhn's legacy and we hear excerpts from Kuhn's book.

    Average: 4.8 (9 votes)
  3. Margalit Fox on "The Riddle of the Labyrinth"

    The clay tablets found at the Greek palace of Knossos had one of the strangest languages ever discovered.  Margalit Fox tells the story of Linear B - and the obsessed, tragic lives of the two people who devoted their lives to cracking the code.

    Average: 4.8 (9 votes)
  4. Stephen Greenblatt on "The Swerve"

    Stephen Greenblatt tells the remarkable story of how the discovery of an ancient poem helped launch the Scientific Revolution.  Also, an excerpt from Lucretius' poem "On the Nature of Things."

    Average: 4.9 (9 votes)
  5. Daphne Sheldrick on "Love, Life and Elephants"

    Daphne Sheldrick grew up on a farm in Kenya, raised orphaned animals and later became co-warden of Tsavo National Park.  She describes the wonders of elephants.

    Average: 5 (8 votes)