9780226902043

Science in the Age of Computer Simulation

  • ISBN 13:

    9780226902043

  • ISBN 10:

    0226902048

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/30/2010
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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Summary

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 inScience 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 Simulationwill 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.

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