Arches and Scaffolds: Bridging Continuity and Discontinuity in Theory Change

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    University of Minnesota Press
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A ground-breaking historical study of physics illustrating how new theoretical structures, like arches, were originally erected on top of elaborate scaffolds from structures they either partially or completely replaced. The metaphor of arches and scaffolds highlights the remarkable continuity in theory change that, at first sight, look strikingly discontinuous.

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