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Reconstructing Reality: Models, Mathematics, and Simulations

Margaret Morrison


Attempts to understand various aspects of the empirical world often rely on modelling processes that involve a reconstruction of the system(s) under investigation. Typically the reconstruction uses mathematical frameworks like gauge theory and renormalisation group methods, but more recently simulations also have become an indispensable tool for investigation. In fact, many areas of physics as well as other disciplines rely on simulation knowledge when traditional experiments are impossible or prohibitively expensive. This book is a philosophical examination of the various techniques and assum ... More

Keywords: models, fictions, abstraction, simulation, verification, validation, Higgs boson, mathematical explanation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199380275
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199380275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Morrison, author
University of Toronto, Toronto

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Part I Mathematics, Explanation, and Understanding

Part II Where Models Meet the World: Problems and Perspectives

Part III Computer Simulation: The New Reality

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