well written and detailed in its exposition, providing concrete examples to ground the discussion. ( R. A. Kolvoord, CHOICE)Reseña del editor:
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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Descripción Estado de conservación: New. Oxford University Press, 2013. 224p. Hardback. Series: Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science. Michael Weisberg has given us a lovely book on models. It has very broad coverage of issues intersecting the nature of models and their use, an extensive consideration of long ignored concrete models with a rich case study, a discussion and classification of the many diverse kinds of models, and a particularly groundbreaking and innovative discussion of similarity concerning how models relate to the world . his analysis is both clear and rich. William C. Wimsatt, Biology and Philosophy 03/06/14 (Publisher's information). Condition: New Print on Demand. Printed on Demand. Nº de ref. de la librería 36439
Descripción Oxford University Press, 2013. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110199933669
Descripción Oxford University Press, USA, 2013. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 1st edition. 224 pages. 9.40x1.00x6.40 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería 0199933669