The fundamentals have been developed for a quantitative theory on the structure and dynamics of scientific networks. These
fundamentals were conceived through a new vision of translation, defined mathematically as the derivative or gradient of the
quality of the actors as a function of the coordinates for the space in which they perform. If we begin with the existence
of a translation barrier, or an obstacle that must be overcome by the actors in order to translate, and if we accept the Maxwell-Boltzmann
distribution as representative of the translating capacity of the actors, it becomes possible to demonstrate the known principle
of “success breeds success.” We also propose two types of elemental translation: those which are irreverisble and those which
are in equilibrium. In addition, we introduce the principle of composition, which enables, from elemental translations, the
quantification of more complex ones.