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adjective UK /kənˈtɪnjʊəs/ US /kən-tĭn’yōō-əs/
- Prolonged without interruption; unceasing: a continuous noise.
- In an unbroken series or pattern.
- (Grammar) Another word for progressive.
- (Mathematics) a. Of or relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity. b. Of or relating to a function between two topological spaces such that the preimage of any open set in the range is an open set in the domain.
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We are all familiar with the idea of continuity. To be continuous is to constitute an uninterrupted whole: thus a continuum has no gaps.
We commonly suppose that space and time are continuous, and certain philosophers have maintained that all natural processes occur continuously: witness, for example, Leibniz’s famous adage natura non facit saltus – nature makes no jump. IMA’s team has applied this concept into technology, making it physical and tangible into Croma. Continuity has various and colourful expressions.
Modular (mod•u•lar /ˈmɑdʒəlɚ)
- Of or relating to a module or a modulus. Furniture made up of standardized units for easy construction or arrangement.
- Composed of standardized units or sections for easy construction or flexible arrangement: a series of modular boxes that fit into each other.
- (Mathematics) Of a lattice – having the property that for any two elements with one less than the other, the union of the smaller element with the intersection of the larger element and any third element of the lattice is equal to the intersection of the larger element with the union of the smaller element and the third element.
- (Computers) Composed of software or hardware modules that can be altered or replaced without affecting the remainder of the system.
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The term modularity is widely used in studies of technological systems. Product systems are deemed modular when they can be decomposed into a number of components that may be mixed and matched in a variety of configurations. On a closer look, it is not simply a matter of repeating the same structure in several possibilities. It is also and above all the way to meet Aristotele’s principle the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Modularity has various and colorful expressions.