What is scientific change? How should it be defined?
The field of scientonomy is understood as a scientific study of scientific change. Thus, defining the term scientific change is an important task.
In Scientonomy, the accepted definition of the term is:
- Any change in the scientific mosaic, i.e. a transition from one accepted theory to another or from one employed method to another.
The original definition of the term was proposed by Barseghyan in 2015.1
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||1 January 2016||This is when the community accepted its first definition of the term, Scientific Change (Barseghyan-2015), which indicates that the question is itself considered legitimate.||Yes|
|Scientific Change (Barseghyan-2015)||Any change in the scientific mosaic, i.e. a transition from one accepted theory to another or from one employed method to another.||2015|
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|Scientonomy||Scientific Change (Barseghyan-2015)||1 January 2016|
Scientific Change (Barseghyan-2015) states: "Any change in the scientific mosaic, i.e. a transition from one accepted theory to another or from one employed method to another."
The scientific mosaic is in a process of perpetual change. Most of the theories that we accept nowadays didn’t even exist two or three hundred years ago. Similarly, at least some of the methods that we employ in theory assessment nowadays have nothing to do with the methods employed in the 17th century. Thus, it is safe to say that the process of scientific change involves both theories and methods.2 Changes in the scientific mosaic can be viewed as a series of successive frames, where each frame represents a state of that mosaic at a given point of time. Obviously, such a frame would include all accepted theories and all employed methods of the time. 2
There is currently no accepted view concerning the existence of scientific changes.
No classes are currently accepted as being disjoint with this class.
No classes are currently accepted as subtypes of a scientific change.
No classes are currently accepted as supertypes of a scientific change.
No associations of a scientific change are currently accepted.
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This term is also related to the following topic(s):
- Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.