This 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.
Lorenzo Magnani, philosopher, epistemologist, and cognitive scientist, is a professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Pavia, Italy, and the director of its Computational Philosophy Laboratory. He was a visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, McGill University, the University of Waterloo and Georgia Institute of Technology and visiting professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, City University of New York, and at the Sun Yat-sen University, China. He was appointed member of the International Academy for the Philosophy of the Sciences (AIPS) in 2015. Since 1998, initially in collaboration with Nancy J. Nersessian and Paul Thagard, he created and promoted the MBR Conferences on Model-Based Reasoning. Since 2011 he is the editor of the book series Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics (SAPERE) by Springer.
Tommaso Bertolotti is a postdoctoral fellow in Philosophy of Science and adjunct professor of Cognitive Philosophy at the Department of Humanities - Philosophy Section, University of Pavia. His research interests include philosophy of science, niche construction theories, cognitive science of religion, social epistemology and philosophy of technology. He was recently invited to several expert workshops and conferences concerning cyberbullying and internet safety in general, organized by the European Commission together with other institutions and major IT companies.
Theoretical Issues in Models.- Theoretical and Cognitive Issues in Abduction and Scientific Inference.- The Logic of Hypothetical Reasoning, Abduction, and Models.- Model-Based Reasoning in Science and History of Science.- Models in Mathematics.- Model-Based Reasoning in Cognitive Science.- Modeling and Computational Issues.- Models in Physics, Chemistry, and Life Sciences.- Models in Engineering, Architecture, and Economical and Human Sciences.