ERIC Number: ED245911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Models of Reality: Shaping Thought and Action.
Richardson, Jacques, Ed.
The 21 essays in this two-part book provide conceptual and operational understanding of the nature of models as representations of reality and as tools for description, analysis, interpretation, and forecasting. Topic areas addressed in part 1 (concept) include: the nature of models; the earth as a system; the determination of form; some principles of mathematical modeling; the nature of mathematical models and the problem of consistency; an interactive modeling system as a tool for analyzing complex socio-economic problems; the development of models in urban and regional planning; and a process approach to social goal-setting. Topic areas addressed in part 2 (application) include: global modeling in the 1980s; the politics of model implementation; the validity and usefulness of large economic models; information sources for modeling the national economy; existing and alternative models for the societal use of scientific and technical research; simulating a small nation's international scientific contacts; uses and limitations of models in policy planning and evaluation; micro-operational research; models in science education; a computerized model to understand the brain; quantum theory; the transition to new models in physics; and models of reality. These essays are useful to anyone interested in problem solving, including policy researchers and decision-makers at all levels. (JN)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Ecology, Economics, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Higher Education, Mathematical Models, Models, Policy Formation, Prediction, Problem Solving, Quantum Mechanics, Regional Planning, Science Education, Sciences, Scientific Research
Lomond Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 88, Mt. Airy, MD 21771 ($22.95 cloth; microfiche edition, ISBN-0-912338-36-9 ($15.00). Request discount schedule.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).