Reconstructing Reality: Models, Mathematics, and Simulations

2015.07.39 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Margaret Morrison, Reconstructing Reality: Models, Mathematics, and Simulations, Oxford University Press, 2015, 334pp., $65.00
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2015.07.39 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Margaret Morrison, Reconstructing Reality: Models, Mathematics, and Simulations, Oxford University Press, 2015, 334pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199380275. Reviewed by Claus Beisbart, Universität Bern Suppose you want to learn about a range of phenomena that are complex and not well understood. One strategy is to design a model of the system in which the phenomena occur. You devise a stand-in of your original target system, analyze it and then transfer insights from the stand-in to the target (cf. Weisberg 2007). This method has often been successfully applied in the sciences and sometimes even led to a new theory. Since it seems puzzling how one can study a system by scrutinizing something else, modeling has become the focus of much work in the philosophy of science. Margaret Morrison's new book offers another philosophical look at modeling. Her main goal is to explain how models can help reconstruct. . .

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