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Models as Mediators Perspectives on Natural and Social Science

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ISBN-10: 0521655714

ISBN-13: 9780521655712

Edition: 1999

Authors: Mary S. Morgan, Margaret Morrison, Lorraine Daston, Dorothy Ross, Quentin Skinner

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Models As Mediators discusses the ways in which models function in modern science, particularly in the fields of physics and economics. Models are used in development, exploration and application of theories and in measurement methods.
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/21/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universit�t, Berlin.Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Preface
Introduction
Models as mediating instruments
Models as autonomous agents
Built-in justification
The Ising model, computer simulation, and universal physics
Techniques of modelling and paper-tools in classical chemistry
The role of models in the application of scientific theories: epistemological implications
Knife edge caricature modelling: the case of Marx's reproduction schema
Models and the limits of theory: quantum Hamiltonians and the BCS model of superconductivity
Past measurement and future prediction
Models and stories in Hadron physics
Learning from models