Science, Theories, and Models

  • Abstracting away from details, describing the phemonenon in terms of a small number of variables
  • Focusing in on subproblems
  • Description (what) and explanation (why)
  • Comparing and evaluating explanations (theories)
  • Predictions from a model, hypotheses, and experiments
  • Mathematical models
  • Computer models, computer programs, algorithms, and experiments with the model