The Promise and Limits of Computer Modeling

The Promise and Limits of Computer Modeling

eBook - 2007
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Many books deal with the techniques of designing, building and testing computer models and simulations, but few have seriously examined what models are based on, their inherent limitations, and their essential role in extending human knowledge. This book fills this need. It focuses on computer models throughout, yet its exposition of the nature and limits of modeling is entirely general. A chapter on the development of celestial mechanics models illustrates how models progress and are essential to natural science. Chapters on models of global climate, population, economics and warfare, illustrate both the possibilities and limits of modeling nature and similar deterministic processes in human affairs. The book also discusses the serious limitations placed on the simulation of human societies and their histories, since models must deal with both cultural and natural forces. The concluding chapter explores virtual realities as systems of interactive images generated by computer models.
Publisher: Singapore ; Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, 2007
ISBN: 9789812770028
981277002X
9781281918932
1281918938
9789812707956
9812707956
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 276 pages) : illustrations

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