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Michael Polanyi


Phoenix Books, Chicago, 1946, 1964, 96 pgs., paperback


Reviewer comment: This is the author's concept and description of how scientific investigation and discovery actually takes place. He compares theory with reality. He was influenced by Thomas Kuhn and other theoriticians, and also the reverse. The book should be studied along with Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.


Dr. Polanyi was also greatly influenced by his study of Soviet Communism in the 1930's including his personal visit with Nikolai Bukharin. He was deeply disturbed by the contempoary approval and even acceptance of Soviet Disasterous Marxist- Leninist distortion of science by some of the British scientific community. He argues against the Communist concept of the nature of reality itself. His book is full of valuable statements about scientific theory.

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Thomas Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

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