Item description for The Promise and Limits of Computer Modeling by Charles Blilie...
Many books deal with the techniques of designing, building and testing computer models and simulations, but few have seriously examined what models are based on, their inherent limitations, and their essential role in extending human knowledge. This book fills this need. It focuses on computer models throughout, yet its exposition of the nature and limits of modeling is entirely general. A chapter on the development of celestial mechanics models illustrates how models progress and are essential to natural science. Chapters on models of global climate, population, economics and warfare, illustrate both the possibilities and limits of modeling nature and similar deterministic processes in human affairs. The book also discusses the serious limitations placed on the simulation of human societies and their histories, since models must deal with both cultural and natural forces. The concluding chapter explores virtual realities as systems of interactive images generated by computer models.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.87" Weight: 1.23 lbs.
Release Date Jul 26, 2007
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812707956 ISBN13 9789812707956
Reviews - What do customers think about The Promise and Limits of Computer Modeling?
Very Informative Mar 24, 2009
Knowing only the basics of computer modeling, I found this book to be very revealing and interesting. It is not a difficult read at all, rather a well organized story about a complex and changing topic. I was suprised to learn the many varied aspects of computer modeling and intrigued by where it may lead us in the future. The examples used by the author make the technical definitions both intersting and understandable.
A gentel, elegent and deep dive into computer modeling Jul 23, 2008
This book tackles a deep and complicated topic (Computer Modeling and, by extension, Computer Simulation) by gently carrying the reader through the text with the clever use of analogy and story telling. Rarely is the reader directly assaulted with knowledge, but instead, the reader is told a parable and then the parable is explained within the context of the subject matter.
This book has the same tone as The Planets by Dava Sobel. It is clever and, at times, romantic in its application of astronomy, gemology and other topics that are used to entertain the reader as it educates.
I found the meta-modeling (describing a model, describing a system) to be an interesting background throughout the book.
The author obviously knows his subject matter - both the subject of the book (modeling) and the variety of disciplines used to describe the promise and limits of modeling.
While this book lacks hard specifics that would make it a reference manual, it instead focuses on training the reader in the way to address and think about modeling. Like Thinking in Java (4th Edition), this book shows the reader the proper way to approach the problem and gives guidance on a solution without becoming yet another reference manual.
For individuals new to modeling, or for seasoned professionals looking to see their field from a fresh perspective, this book is a unique and elegant addition to your library.