Generality and the limits of model-based science
This dissertation is concerned with the in-principle limitations on mathematical modelling in science. I argue that multiple modelling approaches are required to optimally represent particular types of systems, and so the best modelling strategy in particular scientific domains is a pluralistic one. This is because the amount of detailed information contained in a model and the generality of that model interact in a negative way: they trade off against one another. I present two such...[Show more]
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