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Models as mediators: perspectives on natural and social science

Morgan, Mary S. and Morrison, Margaret, eds. (1999) Models as mediators: perspectives on natural and social science. Ideas in context (52). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521650977

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Abstract

Models as Mediators discusses the ways in which models function in modern science, particularly in the fields of physics and economics. Models play a variety of roles in the sciences: they are used in the development, exploration and application of theories and in measurement methods. They also provide instruments for using scientific concepts and principles to intervene in the world. The editors provide a framework which covers the construction and function of scientific models, and explore the ways in which they enable us to learn about both theories and the world. The contributors to the volume offer their own individual theoretical perspectives to cover a wide range of examples of modelling, from physics, economics and chemistry. These papers provide ideal case-study material for understanding both the concepts and typical elements of modelling, using analytical approaches from the philosophy and history of science.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.cambridge.org/
Additional Information: © 1999 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2008 16:20
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/6681/

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