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Models as Mediators  :  Perspectives on Natural and Social Science - Mary Morgan

Models as Mediators

Perspectives on Natural and Social Science

By: Mary Morgan (Editor), Margaret Morrison (Editor), Lorraine Daston (Contribution by), Dorothy Ross (Contribution by), Quentin Skinner (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 22nd November 1999
ISBN: 9780521655712
Number Of Pages: 420

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Models as Mediators discusses the ways in which models function in modern science, particularly in the fields of physics and economics. Models play a variety of roles in the sciences: they are used in the development, exploration and application of theories and in measurement methods. They also provide instruments for using scientific concepts and principles to intervene in the world. The editors provide a framework which covers the construction and function of scientific models, and explore the ways in which they enable us to learn about both theories and the world. The contributors to the volume offer their own individual theoretical perspectives to cover a wide range of examples of modelling, from physics, economics and chemistry. These papers provide ideal case-study material for understanding both the concepts and typical elements of modelling, using analytical approaches from the philosophy and history of science.

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"This collection is a valuable addition to the growing literature on models... the reader will learn much from reading these essays." Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics "...describes how models in the sciences can act as automomous mediators between theory and the world, and uncovers the means by which models function as a source of knowledge." Journal of Economic Literature

Models as mediating instruments
Models as autonomous agents
Built-in justification
The Ising model, computer simulation, and universal physics
Techniques of modelling and paper-tools in classical chemistry
The role of models in the application of scientific theories: epistemological implications
Knife edge caricature modelling: the case of Marx's reproduction schema
Models and the limits of theory: quantum Hamiltonians and the BCS model of superconductivity
Past measurement and future prediction
Models and stories in Hadron physics
Learning from models
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ISBN: 9780521655712
ISBN-10: 0521655714
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 22nd November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.61

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