Science & Education

, Volume 24, Issue 9–10, pp 1245–1250 | Cite as

Recent Semantic Developments on Models

Michael Weisberg (2013) Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN: 978-0-19-993366-2, xviii + 190 pp, price: $58.90 (hardback)
  • Agustín Adúriz-Bravo
Book Review

General Comments

The importance of models and modelling in the contexts of science and science education can hardly be overrated:

Scientists spend a great deal of time building, testing, comparing and revising models, and much journal space is dedicated to introducing, applying and interpreting these valuable tools. In short, models are one of the principal instruments of modern science. (Frigg and Hartmann 2012, n/p.)

Hence the philosophy of science, for at least six decades now, has devoted careful attention to the nature and role of models in the scientific enterprise.

Accordingly, it is against the backdrop of the existing plethora of philosophical attempts at elucidating what models are that anynew academic contributions seeking to study this construct are heartily welcome and should be critically analysed and assessed. In my opinion, this is especially the case when such contributions can be located within the so-called semanticist perspective on models, which (arguably) is the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CeFIEC-Instituto de Investigaciones Centro de Formación e Investigación en Enseñanza de las Ciencias, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y NaturalesUniversidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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