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Science in the Age of Computer Simulation - Eric B. Winsberg

Science in the Age of Computer Simulation

Paperback Published: 1st September 2010
ISBN: 9780226902043
Number Of Pages: 168

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Computer simulation was first pioneered as a scientific tool in meteorology and nuclear physics in the period following World War II, but it has grown rapidly to become indispensible in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including astrophysics, high-energy physics, climate science, engineering, ecology, and economics. Digital computer simulation helps study phenomena of great complexity, but how much do we know about the limits and possibilities of this new scientific practice? How do simulations compare to traditional experiments? And are they reliable? Eric Winsberg seeks to answer these questions in "Science in the Age of Computer Simulation." Scrutinizing these issue with a philosophical lens, Winsberg explores the impact of simulation on such issues as the nature of scientific evidence; the role of values in science; the nature and role of fictions in science; and the relationship between simulation and experiment, theories and data, and theories at different levels of description. "Science in the Age of Computer Simulation" will transform many of the core issues in philosophy of science, as well as our basic understanding of the role of the digital computer in the sciences.

"This is the first book-length study of the role of simulation models from the standpoint of philosophy of science. It will be required reading for all who follow." - Ronald Giere, University of Minnesota"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Sanctioning Models: Theories and Their Scopep. 7
Methodology for a Virtual Worldp. 29
A Tale of Two Methodsp. 49
When Theories Shake Handsp. 72
Models of Climate: Values and Uncertaintiesp. 93
Reliability without Truthp. 120
Conclusionp. 135
Referencesp. 139
Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9780226902043
ISBN-10: 0226902048
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27