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Evolution and Transformation of Scientific Knowledge over the Sphaera Corpus: A Network Study

Zamani, Maryam; Tejedor, Alejandro; Vogl, Malte; Krautli, Florian; Valleriani, Matteo; Kantz, Holger;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2020
We investigated the evolution and transformation of scientific knowledge in the early modern period, analyzing more than 350 different editions of textbooks used for teaching astronomy in European universities from the late fifteenth century to mid-seventeenth century. These historical sources constitute the Sphaera Corpus. By examining different semantic relations among individual parts of each edition on record, we built a multiplex network consisting of six layers, as well as the aggregated network built from the superposition of all the layers. The network analysis reveals the emergence of five different communities. The contribution of each layer in shaping...
free text keywords: Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics, Computer Science - Digital Libraries, Physics - Physics and Society
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