Reference Models: Using Models to Turn Data into Evidence

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ISSN: 0031-8248

Publication Year:
2014
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Repository URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/39679; http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11105
Author(s):
Miyake, Teru
Tags:
Methodology; Models; Idealization; Evidence; Newton; Geophysics; Earth Science
article description
Reference models of the earth’s interior play an important role in the acquisition of knowledge about the earth’s interior and the earth as a whole. Such models are used as a sort of standard reference against which data are compared. I argue that the use of reference models merits more attention than it has gotten so far in the literature on models, for it is an example of a method of doing science that has a long and significant history, and a study of reference models could increase our understanding of this methodology.