Shift!: The Unfolding Internet - Hype, Hope and History / Edition 1

Shift!: The Unfolding Internet - Hype, Hope and History / Edition 1

by Edward Burman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0470850787

ISBN-13: 9780470850787

Pub. Date: 04/04/2003

Publisher: Wiley

"Frameworks must be lived with and explored before they can be broken." Thomas Kuhn
Discovery is a scientific process that must unfold in time. Oxygen was first described as 'air itself entire', and Uranus was assumed to be a comet because all the planets were known and named. It takes time for us to realise that something has arrived that did not previously

Overview

"Frameworks must be lived with and explored before they can be broken." Thomas Kuhn
Discovery is a scientific process that must unfold in time. Oxygen was first described as 'air itself entire', and Uranus was assumed to be a comet because all the planets were known and named. It takes time for us to realise that something has arrived that did not previously exist, and to stop imposing old terminology and expectations upon it. Using a host of vivid historical examples, Edward Burman uses the 'paradigm shift' thinking explored by Thomas Kuhn in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (over a million copies sold) to assess the Internet as a scientific breakthrough like any other. Dismissing its attempted hijack by 'dot com' business as cynical and doomed to failure, he unravels the past and predicts a time close ahead when barriers will fall, perceptions will change, and the Internet will penetrate our way of life with a power greater than electricity, the car or the telephone.
If you thought the Internet was someone else's business, think again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470850787
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/04/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Foreword by Richard Normann.

About the Author.

Preface.

Chapter 1: Thomas Kuhn and the Internet.

Chapter 2: The Pre-paradigmatic Internet.

Chapter 3: Crisis and its Response.

Chapter 4: From Appearance to Reality.

Chapter 5: Resolving the Revolution.

Chapter 6: The New Paradigm.

Bibliography.

Notes.

Index.

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