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network theory

[′net‚wərk ‚thē·ə·rē]
(electricity)
The systematizing and generalizing of the relations between the currents, voltages, and impedances associated with the elements of an electrical network.
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network theory

the doctrine, in the philosophy of science, associated with Duhem (1861-1916) and Mary Hesse (1980), that scientific statements cannot be appraised in isolation from the overall framework of concepts and theories in which they are stated. See also THEORY RELATIVITY, INCOMMENSURABILITY.
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