in Science in the Age of Computer Simulation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226902029
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226902050 | DOI:

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This introduction discusses the theme of this book, which is about computer simulation and the philosophy of science. The book examines what philosophers of science should learn in the age of simulation and what philosophy can contribute to our understanding of how the digital computer is transforming science. It investigates the relationship between computer simulation and experiment, the conditions under which computer simulation can be reliable, and the role of deliberately false assumptions in the construction of simulation models.

Keywords: computer simulation; philosophy of science; philosophers; science; digital computer; false assumptions; simulation models

Chapter.  2541 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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