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Abstracting Matter

Sterrett, Susan (2009) Abstracting Matter. In: [2009] Models and Simulations 3 (Charlottesville, Virginia; March 5-7, 2009).

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    . Some disagreements have arisen in the last few years regarding the role played by material properties when modeling, simulating and experimenting on physical systems (Morrison 2008, Parker (forthcoming), Winsberg (forthcoming), Guala 2002, 2005; Morgan 2005). The question has proven more involved than it first appears. A number of significant and correct points have already been made, but some confusions remain. In this paper I attempt to sort them out. After pointing out the importance of some distinctions that need to be drawn, I explain the ways in which material properties matter in modeling and simulations.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: matter, idealization, simulation, model, analogue model, mathematical model, physical model, physical similarity, similar system, physically similar systems, dimensionless parameter
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] Models and Simulations 3 (Charlottesville, Virginia; March 5-7, 2009)
    Depositing User: Dr Susan G. Sterrett
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4836
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4836

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