Computational science and scientific method

Minds and Machines 5 (4):499-512 (1995)

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Paul Humphreys
University of Virginia
Abstract
The process of constructing mathematical models is examined and a case made that the construction process is an integral part of the justification for the model. The role of heuristics in testing and modifying models is described and some consequences for scientific methodology are drawn out. Three different ways of constructing the same model are detailed to demonstrate the claims made here.
Keywords Heuristics  mathematical models  scientific method  theory application
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DOI 10.1007/BF00974980
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