On the Epistemology of Computer Simulation

Author(s): Pias, Claus


The paper suggests to analyze the history of scientific computer simulations with respect to the history of media. After presenting some ideas concerning the peculiarities of computer simulation, two examples (management simulations of the 1960s; traffic-related and epistemological simulations of the 1990s) are interpreted. From them, further questions concerning the status of scientific knowledge, the genesis of epistemological concepts and their critique are derived.

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Pias, Claus: On the Epistemology of Computer Simulation. In: ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Jg. 2 (2011), Nr. 1, S. 29-54. DOI:
 author = {Pias, Claus},
 title = {On the Epistemology of Computer Simulation},
 year = 2011,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 2,
 address = {Hamburg},
 journal = {ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung},
 number = 1,
 pages = {29--54},
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