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Extending Ourselves: Computational Science, Empiricism, and Scientific Method

Paul Humphreys


Computational science, especially computer simulations, is now the dominant procedure in many areas of science. This book contains the first systematic philosophical account of this new scientific method, and draws a parallel between the ways in which such computational methods have enhanced our abilities to mathematically model the world, and the more familiar ways in which scientific instruments have expanded our access to the empirical world. This expansion forms the basis for a new kind of empiricism better suited to the needs of science than the older anthropocentric forms of empiricism. ... More

Keywords: computational science, computer simulations, empiricism, epistemology, model, realism, scientific method, scientific instruments, template

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195158700
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195158709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Humphreys, author
University of Virginia
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