Scientific Change (Barseghyan-2015)

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This is a definition of Scientific Change that states "Any change in the scientific mosaic, i.e. a transition from one accepted theory to another or from one employed method to another."

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This definition of Scientific Change was formulated by Hakob Barseghyan in 2015.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.

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Scientonomy1 January 2016The definition became de facto accepted by the community at that time together with the whole theory of scientific change.Yes

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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.2p.9 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. 2p. 9


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  1. ^  Barseghyan, Hakob. (2015) The Laws of Scientific Change. Springer.
  2. a b Barseghyan(2015)