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SpringerBriefs in Philosophy

How to Do Science with Models

A Philosophical Primer

Authors: Gelfert, Axel

  • ​Places scientific practice at the centre of the philosophy of models
  • Provides material for a comprehensive theory of scientific representation
  • Can be used as a primer and introduction to cutting-edge research questions
  • Sheds new light on how mathematical notation and formalisms guide model construction
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About this book

Taking scientific practice as its starting point, this book charts the complex territory of models used in science. It examines what scientific models are and what their function is. Reliance on models is pervasive in science, and scientists often need to construct models in order to explain or predict anything of interest at all. The diversity of kinds of models one finds in science – ranging from toy models and scale models to theoretical and mathematical models – has attracted attention not only from scientists, but also from philosophers, sociologists, and historians of science. This has given rise to a wide variety of case studies that look at the different uses to which models have been put in specific scientific contexts. By exploring current debates on the use and building of models via cutting-edge examples drawn from physics and biology, the book provides broad insight into the methodology of modelling in the natural sciences. It pairs specific arguments with introductory material relating to the ontology and the function of models, and provides some historical context to the debates as well as a sketch of general positions in the philosophy of scientific models in the process.


About the authors

Axel Gelfert is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. His research revolves around issues in the philosophy of science and technology, social epistemology, and the history of philosophy. He is the author of A Critical Introduction to Testimony (London 2014).

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"This is a truly excellent book. Not only does it provide insightful analysis of contemporary philosophical accounts of modelling, but it draws our attention to important yet unexplored questions related to the exploratory function of models and their connection to issues in the philosophy of technology. By focusing our attention on a broad range of examples it provides the best systematic treatment of scientific modelling to appear in many years. Highly recommended!" Margaret Morrison, University of Toronto


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Between Theory and Phenomena: What are Scientific Models?

    Gelfert, Axel

    Pages 1-24

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  • Scientific Representation and the Uses of Scientific Models

    Gelfert, Axel

    Pages 25-42

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  • Strategies and Trade-Offs in Model-Building

    Gelfert, Axel

    Pages 43-70

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  • Exploratory Uses of Scientific Models

    Gelfert, Axel

    Pages 71-99

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  • Models as Mediators, Contributors, and Enablers of Scientific Knowledge

    Gelfert, Axel

    Pages 101-129

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Buy this book

eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-27954-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-27952-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How to Do Science with Models
Book Subtitle
A Philosophical Primer
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-27954-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-27954-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-27952-7
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 135
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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