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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) One Introduction
Source:
Science in the Age of Computer Simulation
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226902050.003.0001

This introduction discusses the theme of this book, which is about computer simulation and the philosophy of science. The book examines what philosophers of science should learn in the age of simulation and what philosophy can contribute to our understanding of how the digital computer is transforming science. It investigates the relationship between computer simulation and experiment, the conditions under which computer simulation can be reliable, and the role of deliberately false assumptions in the construction of simulation models.

Keywords:   computer simulation, philosophy of science, philosophers, science, digital computer, false assumptions, simulation models

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