Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook

Simulation

Pragmatic Constructions of Reality

Editors: Lenhard, Johannes, Küppers, Günter, Shinn, Terry (Eds.)

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This book examines the historical roots and evolution of simulation from an epistemological, institutional and technical perspective. Rich case studies go far beyond documentation of simulation’s capacity for application in many domains, they also explore the "functional" and "structural" debate that continues to traverse simulation thought and action. One here asks if simulation deeply transforms science, or instead constitutes a limited tool that principally extends the repertory of erstwhile practice. Does simulation comprise a novel form of experiment, or rather operate as a mechanism which extends standing forms of experimentation? What are simulation’s relations with models or theory, for example? These studies further query to what extent and in what ways simulation may be regarded as a discipline, a special species of instrument, or as transdisciplinary.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Computer Simulation: Practice, Epistemology, and Social Dynamics

    Günter KÜppers

    Pages 3-22

  • From Representation to Production: Parsers and Parsing in Language Technology

    Tarja Knuuttila

    Pages 41-55

  • The Difference Between Answering a ‘Why’ Question and Answering a ‘How Much’ Question

    Marcel Boumans

    Pages 107-124

  • Handshaking Your Way to the Top: Simulation at the Nanoscale

    Eric Winsberg

    Pages 139-151

  • Locating the Dry Lab on the Lab Map

    Martina Merz

    Pages 155-172

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Simulation
Book Subtitle
Pragmatic Constructions of Reality
Editors
  • Johannes Lenhard
  • Günter Küppers
  • Terry Shinn
Series Title
Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Series Volume
25
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5375-7
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5375-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5374-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8701-8
Series ISSN
0167-2320
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 214
Topics