The 164th R-CCS Cafe (Special Edition 2)
Date and Time: Fri. Mar. 15, 2019, 13:15 - 15:00
Place: Lecture Hall (6th floor) at R-CCS
Title: Can computer simulations be regarded as science?: a perspective from philosophy of science
Speaker: Tetsuji Iseda (Associate Professor, Kyoto University)
Presentation Language: English
Presentation Material: English
What distinguishes scientific research from other types of activities? One answer to this question is that empirical science construct theory based on experiments and observations. Then, what about 'experiments' through computer simulations, according to such a view? Can we regard simulation-based research as scientific? Computer simulations also attract attention of philosophy of science, and some of the considerations in that field are relevant to the above question. This lecture try to locate computer simulation within science properly through introducing such recent trends in philosophy of science.