Unitary theory

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(Chem.) the modern theory that the molecules of all complete compounds are units, whose parts are bound together in definite structure, with mutual and reciprocal influence on each other, and are not mere aggregations of more or less complex groups; - distinguished from the dualistic theory.

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Long standing open problems in mathematics, which cannot be solved a single instrument of differential, metric or of measure theory, will be afforded with this unitary theory.
Beauty Unlimited does not, unsurprisingly, offer a theory of Beauty to replace the Platonic ideal; rather, the essays together provide a sustained critique of the possibility of a unitary theory of Beauty divorced from particular beautiful experiences.
Because Alexander Hamilton made the argument from democratic theory in The Federalist, thereby connecting these two propositions, no Framer is more important for unitary theory.
Darwin's contribution was to adhere to a unitary theory of descent: species, including Homo sapiens, arose by branching off from earlier forms.
The Unitary Theory and the Commander-in-Chief Power
Far from suggesting that psychoanalysis be abandoned, he instead traces the evolution of the various strands of psychoanalytic theory so that what is valuable can be extracted and included in a new effort to formulate a unitary theory.
It likewise misapprehends the operation of California's research tax credit, and, in so doing, renders it inconsistent with unitary theory.
A fourth explanation cited by the authors would overturn Malthus's unitary theory of motivation:
For Pellini, they posit no unitary theory of man and society: Positivist mistrust of systems restricts their research to 'immediate causes'.
He also proposed a Unitary Theory for organic compounds in which the molecule was regarded as a whole, and parts of which could be substituted.
Many states have chosen to apply the unitary theory on a worldwide basis.