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From Theory to Technology: Rules versus Exemplars

Bod, Rens (2004) From Theory to Technology: Rules versus Exemplars. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


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How is scientific knowledge used, adapted and extended in deriving real-world systems and technological devices? This paper aims at developing a general model of "applying science" based on the Exemplar-Based Explanation (EBE) model. EBE embodies the view that a real-world system is derived not by solving theoretical laws for specific boundary conditions but by constructing the system out of previously derived systems that function as exemplars. I will discuss a number of artifacts from hydraulics and language technology, and develop an instantiation of EBE which generalizes over different disciplines. I argue that engineering practice is highly cumulative: new systems are almost literally built upon and constructed out of previous systems resulting into increasingly complex wholes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Bod, Rens
Subjects: General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Rens Bod
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2076
Public Domain: No

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