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Methodology for a Virtual World

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226902050.003.0003
Methodology for a Virtual World

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This chapter examines the methodology in computer simulation, and suggests that simulation is only possible precisely because good theories, well confirmed by a history of experiments, exist to underwrite them. Thus, simulations can be seen to have the character of both experimentation and theorizing, two activities that are traditionally taken to occupy rather different spheres of scientific activity. The chapter also analyzes Mary Morgan and Margaret Morrison's recent discussion of the application of theories in computer simulation, particularly their characterization of the so-called autonomous models.

Keywords: methodology; computer simulation; experimentation; theorizing; scientific activity; Mary Morgan; Margaret Morrison; autonomous models

Chapter.  7921 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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