Philosophie de la physique, connaissance scientifique, unité des sciences

Knowing and Understanding Through Computer Simulations

French
Responsable (s)
BARBEROUSSE Anouk

Computer simulations are widely used in contemporary science. They lay in the heart of climate science for atmosphere is an especially complex system, whose evolution is impossible to understand without computers. Neither empirical inquiry, nor mathematical reasoning through theoretical models are sufficient to study the highly non-linear behavior of our planet's climate. 

Simulations numériques et expériences de pensée

French
Responsable (s)
BARBEROUSSE Anouk
EL SKAF Rawad
HUMPHREYS Paul - professeur à l'Université de Virginie
NORTON John - directeur du Center for Philosophy of Science de l'Université de Pittsburgh

Whereas thought experiments have long been a common practice in science and an important topic of philosophical analysis, the recent development of computer simulation has not been paid much philosophical attention yet in relation to thought experiments. Conceptual investigation has focused on the links between thought experiments and experiments on the one hand and computer simulation and experiments on the other. However, striking similarities between thought experiment and computer simulation can be found. They are both used when experiments cannot be made.

International Conference: The Collective Dimension of Science

French
Responsable (s)
BARBEROUSSE Anouk
IMBERT Cyril - CNRS / Archives Poncaré

This is a 3-day conference, with keynote speakers and submitted papers.
Keynote speakers include John Greco (Saint Louis University), Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo), John Woods (University of British Columbia), Jesus Zamora-Bonilla (UNED, Spain). 

The computational turn in physics

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La relation entre physique et calcul a changé de manière significative durant les dernières décennies. Les ordinateurs sont aujourd'hui des instruments indispensables utilisés de manière quotidienne en physique. Ce tournant majeur dans l'activité des physiciens est susceptible d'avoir de profondes implications du point de vue des aspects épistémologiques de leur travail.

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