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Simulating Many-Body Models in Physics: Rigorous Results, 'Benchmarks', and Cross-Model Justification

Gelfert, Axel (2006) Simulating Many-Body Models in Physics: Rigorous Results, 'Benchmarks', and Cross-Model Justification. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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This paper argues that, for a prospective philosophical analysis of models and simulations to be successful, it must accommodate an account of mathematically rigorous results. Such rigorous results are best thought of as genuinely model-specific contributions, which can neither be deduced from fundamental theory nor inferred from empirical data. Rigorous results often provide new indirect ways of assessing the success of computer simulations of individual models. This is most obvious in cases where rigorous results map different models on to one another. Not only does this allow for the transfer of warrant across different models, it also puts constraints on the extent to which performance in specific empirical contexts may be regarded as the main touchstone of success in scientific modelling. Rigorous results and relations can thus come to be seen as giving cohesion and stability to actual practices of scientific modelling.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Gelfert, Axel
Keywords: models, model, rigor, rigour, mathematical physics, simulations, modelling
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Axel Gelfert
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2789
Public Domain: No
Conference Date: 12-13 June 2006
Conference Location: Paris

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