The Good, the Bad and the Awful : Computer Simulation and Prediction
Leo P. Kadanoff (The James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago)

Jeudi 01 avril 2004

Excellent computer simulations are done for a purpose. The most valid purposes are to explore uncharted territory, resolve a well posed scientific or technical question, or to make a design choice. Stand-alone modeling can serve the first purpose. The other two need a full integration of the modeling effort into a scientific or engineering program.

Some excellent work, much of it related to understanding the development of complexity, is reviewed. Some less happy stories are recounted. Questions are asked about when simulations can be used for critical and incisive inquiries.