Springer Handbook of Model-Based Science

  • Lorenzo Magnani
  • Tommaso Bertolotti

Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-39
  2. Theoretical Issues in Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Axel Gelfert
      Pages 5-23
    3. Demetris Portides
      Pages 25-48
    4. Roman Frigg, James Nguyen
      Pages 49-102
    5. Alisa Bokulich
      Pages 103-118
    6. Nancy J. Nersessian, Miles MacLeod
      Pages 119-132
  3. Theoretical and Cognitive Issues in Abduction and Scientific Inference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-135
    2. John Woods
      Pages 137-150
    3. Gerhard Schurz
      Pages 151-173
    4. Gerhard Minnameier
      Pages 175-195
    5. Woosuk Park
      Pages 197-213
  4. The Logic of Hypothetical Reasoning, Abduction, and Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-218
    2. Atocha Aliseda
      Pages 219-230
    3. Angel Nepomuceno-Fernández, Fernando Soler-Toscano, Fernando R. Velázquez-Quesada
      Pages 269-293
    4. Cristina Barés Gómez, Matthieu Fontaine
      Pages 295-314
    5. Juliana Bueno-Soler, Walter Carnielli, Marcelo E. Coniglio, Abilio Rodrigues Filho
      Pages 315-335
  5. Model-Based Reasoning in Science and History of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-339
    2. Nora Alejandrina Schwartz
      Pages 355-375
    3. Alessandra Basso, Chiara Lisciandra, Caterina Marchionni
      Pages 413-433
    4. Antoni Ligęza, Bartłomiej Górny
      Pages 435-461
    5. Margherita Arcangeli
      Pages 463-493
  6. Models in Mathematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 495-497
    2. Valeria Giardino
      Pages 499-522
    3. Joachim Frans, Isar Goyvaerts, Bart Van Kerkhove
      Pages 537-549
  7. Model-Based Reasoning in Cognitive Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 569-571
    2. Athanassios Raftopoulos
      Pages 573-603
    3. William Bechtel
      Pages 605-618
    4. Alessandro Di Nuovo, Davide Marocco, Santo Di Nuovo, Angelo Cangelosi
      Pages 619-637
    5. Mary Ann Metzger
      Pages 639-655
    6. Ruud J.R. Den Hartigh, Ralf F.A. Cox, Paul L.C. Van Geert
      Pages 657-669
  8. Modelling and Computational Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 693-694
    2. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Antonio Cicchetti
      Pages 695-718
    3. Peter D. Sozou, Peter C.R. Lane, Mark Addis, Fernand Gobet
      Pages 719-734
    4. Paul Davidsson, Franziska Klügl, Harko Verhagen
      Pages 783-797
    5. Francesco Amigoni, Viola Schiaffonati
      Pages 799-815
    6. Edoardo Datteri
      Pages 817-837
  9. Models in Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 839-841
    2. Giuseppe Longo, Maël Montévil
      Pages 843-856
    3. Susan G. Sterrett
      Pages 857-878
    4. William Goodwin
      Pages 879-890
    5. Alisa Bokulich, Naomi Oreskes
      Pages 891-911

About this book


The handbook offers the first comprehensive reference guide to the interdisciplinary field of model-based reasoning. It highlights the role of models as mediators between theory and experimentation, and as educational devices, as well as their relevance in testing hypotheses and explanatory functions. The Springer Handbook merges philosophical, cognitive and epistemological perspectives on models with the more practical needs related to the application of this tool across various disciplines and practices. The result is a unique, reliable source of information that guides readers toward an understanding of different aspects of model-based science, such as the theoretical and cognitive nature of models, as well as their practical and logical aspects. The inferential role of models in hypothetical reasoning, abduction and creativity once they are constructed, adopted, and manipulated for different scientific and technological purposes is also discussed. Written by a group of internationally renowned experts in philosophy, the history of science, general epistemology, mathematics, cognitive and computer science, physics and life sciences, as well as engineering, architecture, and economics, this Handbook uses numerous diagrams, schemes and other visual representations to promote a better understanding of the concepts. This also makes it highly accessible to an audience of scholars and students with different scientific backgrounds. All in all, the Springer Handbook of Model-Based Science represents the definitive application-oriented reference guide to the interdisciplinary field of model-based reasoning.


Abductive Cognition Cognitive Agents Computer Models Hypothetical Cognition Inferential Processes Logic of Models Model-based Reasoning Models in Engineering Models in Natural Science Scientific Representation

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorenzo Magnani
    • 1
  • Tommaso Bertolotti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-30525-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-30526-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-8692
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-8706
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