9780190265120-0190265124-Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science)

Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science)

ISBN-13: 9780190265120
ISBN-10: 0190265124
Edition: Reprint
Author: Weisberg, Michael
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 212 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780190265120
ISBN-10: 0190265124
Edition: Reprint
Author: Weisberg, Michael
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 212 pages

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Acknowledged authors Weisberg, Michael wrote Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science) comprising 212 pages back in 2015. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0190265124 and 9780190265120. Since then Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In the 1950s, John Reber convinced many Californians that the best way to solve the state's water shortage problem was to dam up the San Francisco Bay. Against massive political pressure, Reber's opponents persuaded lawmakers that doing so would lead to disaster. They did this not by empirical measurement alone, but also through the construction of a model. Simulation and Similarity explains why this was a good strategy while simultaneously providing an account of modeling and idealization in modern scientific practice. Michael Weisberg focuses on concrete, mathematical, and computational models in his consideration of the nature of models, the practice of modeling, and nature of the relationship between models and real-world phenomena.

In addition to a careful analysis of physical, computational, and mathematical models, Simulation and Similarity offers a novel account of the model/world relationship. Breaking with the dominant tradition, which favors the analysis of this relation through logical notions such as isomorphism, Weisberg instead presents a similarity-based account called weighted feature matching. This account is developed with an eye to understanding how modeling is actually practiced. Consequently, it takes into account the ways in which scientists' theoretical goals shape both the applications and the analyses of their models.

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