The Scientific Community Metaphor

@article{Kornfeld1981TheSC,
  title={The Scientific Community Metaphor},
  author={William A. Kornfeld and Carl E. Hewitt},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics},
  year={1981},
  volume={11},
  pages={24-33}
}
Scientific communities have proven to be extremely successful at solving problems. They are inherently parallel systems and their macroscopic nature makes them amenable to careful study. In this paper the character of scientific research is examined drawing on sources in the philosophy and history of science. We maintain that the success of scientific research depends critically on its concurrency and pluralism. A variant of the language Ether is developed that embodies notions of concurrency… 

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