The morals of model-making

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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, ISSN: 0039-3681, Vol: 46, Page: 31-45

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S. G. Sterrett
Elsevier BV, Elsevier
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I address questions about values in model-making in engineering, specifically: Might the role of values be attributable solely to interests involved in specifying and using the model? Selected examples illustrate the surprisingly wide variety of things one must take into account in the model-making itself. The notions of system (as used in engineering thermodynamics), and physically similar systems (as used in the physical sciences) are important and powerful in determining what is relevant to an engineering model. Another example (windfarms) illustrates how an idea to completely re-characterize, or reframe, an engineering problem arose during model-making.

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