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Models as Mediators Mary S. Morgan (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Models as Mediators By Mary S. Morgan (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Models as Mediators by Mary S. Morgan (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

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Using eleven case studies drawn from the history of physics and economics, Models as Mediators fills a prominent gap in the philosophy of science literature by focussing on several aspects of modelling, including such topics as function and construction of different types of models in different fields.

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Models as Mediators: Perspectives on Natural and Social Science by Mary S. Morgan (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Models as Mediators discusses the ways in which models function in modern science, particularly in the fields of physics and economics. Models play a variety of roles in the sciences: they are used in the development, exploration and application of theories and in measurement methods. They also provide instruments for using scientific concepts and principles to intervene in the world. The editors provide a framework which covers the construction and function of scientific models, and explore the ways in which they enable us to learn about both theories and the world. The contributors to the volume offer their own individual theoretical perspectives to cover a wide range of examples of modelling, from physics, economics and chemistry. These papers provide ideal case-study material for understanding both the concepts and typical elements of modelling, using analytical approaches from the philosophy and history of science.

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This collection is a valuable addition to the growing literature on models.... the reader will learn much from reading these essays. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
...describes how models in the sciences can act as automomous mediators between theory and the world, and uncovers the means by which models function as a source of knowledge. Journal of Economic Literature

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction Margaret Morrison and Mary S. Morgan; 2. Models as mediating instruments Margaret Morrison and Mary S. Morgan; 3. Models as autonomous agents Margaret Morrison; 4. Built-in justification Marcel Boumans; 5. The Ising model, computer simulation, and universal physics R. I. G. Hughes; 6. Techniques of modelling and paper-tools in classical chemistry Ursula Klein; 7. The role of models in the application of scientific theories: epistemological implications Mauricio Suarez; 8. Knife edge caricature modelling: the case of Marx's reproduction schema Geert Reuten; 9. Models and the limits of theory: quantum Hamiltonians and the BCS model of superconductivity Nancy Cartwright; 10. Past measurement and future prediction Adrienne van den Bogaard; 11. Models and stories in Hadron physics Stephan Hartmann; 12. Learning from models Mary S. Morgan.

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Models as Mediators: Perspectives on Natural and Social Science by Mary S. Morgan (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Cambridge University Press
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