Modularity is the degree to which a system's components may be separated and recombined. The meaning of the word, however, can vary somewhat by context:

  • In biology, modularity refers to the concept that organisms or metabolic pathways are composed of modules.
  • In construction, modules are a bundle of redundant project components that are produced en-mass prior to installation.
  • In nature, modularity refers to the construction of a cellular organism by joining together standardized units to form larger compositions, as for example, the hexagonal cells in a honeycomb.
  • In the Five Principles of New Media as defined by Lev Manovich, modularity covers the principle that new media is composed of modules or self-sufficient parts of the overall media object.
  • In the study of networks, modularity (networks) is a benefit function that measures the quality of a division of a network into groups or communities.
  • In ecology, modularity is considered a key factor – along with diversity and feedback – in supporting resilience.
  • In mathematics, the modularity theorem (formerly the Taniyama–Shimura conjecture) establishes a connection between elliptic curves and modular forms.
  • In mathematics, modular lattices are partially ordered sets satisfying certain axioms.
  • In cognitive science, the modularity of mind refers to the idea that the mind is composed of independent, closed, domain-specific processing modules.
    • Specifically, see visual modularity, for an article relating to the various putative visual modules.
    • Specifically, see language module, for an article relating to the putative language module.
  • In industrial design, modularity refers to an engineering technique that builds larger systems by combining smaller subsystems.
  • In manufacturing, modularity refers to the use of exchangeable parts or options in the fabrication of an object.
  • In modular programming, modularity refers to the compartmentalization and inter-relation of the parts of a software package.
  • In contemporary art and architecture, modularity can refer to the construction of an object by joining together standardized units to form larger compositions, and/or to the use of a module as a standardized unit of measurement and proportion.
  • In ModulArt – a branch of modular art – modularity refers to the ability to alter the work by reconfiguring, adding to and/or removing its parts.
  • In software design, modularity refers to a logical partitioning of the "software design" that allows complex software to be manageable for the purpose of implementation and maintenance. The logic of partitioning may be based on related functions, implementation considerations, data links, or other criteria.

Other articles related to "module, modules":

Modular Representation Theory - Projective Modules
... In ordinary representation theory, every indecomposable module is irreducible, and so every module is projective ... However, the simple modules with characteristic dividing the group order are rarely projective ... Indeed, if a simple module is projective, then it is the only simple module in its block, which is then isomorphic to the endomorphism algebra of the underlying vector space ...
Service Module
... A service module (or equipment module) is a spacecraft compartment containing a variety of support systems used for spacecraft operations ... Usually located in the uninhabited area of the spacecraft, the service module is jettisoned upon the completion of the mission, and usually burns up during atmospheric reentry ... The service module is the equivalent to the spacecraft bus assembly on unmanned spacecraft ...
Length Of A Module - Examples
... The zero module is the only one with length 0 ... Modules with length 1 are precisely the simple modules ... every finite-dimensional vector space (viewed as a module over the base field), the length and the dimension coincide ...
Length Of A Module
... In abstract algebra, the length of a module is a measure of the module's "size" ... Modules with finite length share many important properties with finite-dimensional vector spaces ... Other concepts used to 'count' in ring and module theory are depth and height these are both somewhat more subtle to define ...
Saturn V Instrument Unit - Subsystems - Structure
... components mounted on its inner wall and the weight of the Apollo spacecraft above (the Lunar Module, the Command Module, the Service Module, and the Launch Escape Tower) ...