A Tale of Two Methods

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:
A Tale of Two Methods

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This chapter examines the epistemological differences experimentation and computer simulation. It explains that in an experiment, the relationship between the object and the target is material similarity, while in simulation, the relationship is only abstract and formal. The chapter considers the claim that experiments are epistemically privileged relative to simulations, and suggests that simulation can be considered as an activity and as presentation.

Keywords: experimentation; computer simulation; epistemological differences; material similarity; experiment

Chapter.  10444 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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