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A Tale of Two Methods

A Tale of Two Methods

Chapter:
(p.49) Four A Tale of Two Methods
Source:
Science in the Age of Computer Simulation
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226902050.003.0004

This chapter examines the epistemological differences experimentation and computer simulation. It explains that in an experiment, the relationship between the object and the target is material similarity, while in simulation, the relationship is only abstract and formal. The chapter considers the claim that experiments are epistemically privileged relative to simulations, and suggests that simulation can be considered as an activity and as presentation.

Keywords:   experimentation, computer simulation, epistemological differences, material similarity, experiment

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