Models and Inferences in Science

Springer (2016)

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Emiliano Ippoliti
Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Thomas Nickles
University of Nevada, Reno
Fabio Sterpetti
Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Abstract
The book answers long-standing questions on scientific modeling and inference across multiple perspectives and disciplines, including logic, mathematics, physics and medicine. The different chapters cover a variety of issues, such as the role models play in scientific practice; the way science shapes our concept of models; ways of modeling the pursuit of scientific knowledge; the relationship between our concept of models and our concept of science. The book also discusses models and scientific explanations; models in the semantic view of theories; the applicability of mathematical models to the real world and their effectiveness; the links between models and inferences; and models as a means for acquiring new knowledge. It analyzes different examples of models in physics, biology, mathematics and engineering. Written for researchers and graduate students, it provides a cross-disciplinary reference guide to the notion and the use of models and inferences in science.
Keywords Models in science  Scientific explanation  Inference  Semantic view of theories  Scientific realism
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Reprint years 1st ed. 2016, 2016
ISBN(s) 978-3-319-28162-9   9783319281629
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