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Humanist Archives: Oct. 15, 2022, 6:44 a.m. Humanist 36.214 - modelling

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 214.
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        Date: 2022-10-14 04:37:59+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: Modelwork

To answer Henry's question, I offer the TOC of Brückner et al, below,
and a link to the review by Jonah Lynch, "Same and Different: How Models
Contribute to Knowing. A review of Modelwork", Interdisciplinary Science
( Following Peter
Galison's recommendation in his contribution to that book ("Material
Models of Immaterial Things"), I also recommend de Chadarevian and
Hopwood, Models: The Third Dimension of Science (Stanford, 2004).

Since I wrote about modelling at about the time that Stanford UP book
was published, the expansion of modelling, both practices and theories
of, has expanded and diversified hugely. Both the Introduction and first
chapter of Modelwork put flesh on that small bone. Galison's piece draws
on Maxwell to reconceive the relation of models to modelled, and
further, leads to my question of what happens to that reconception when
we're no longer talking about modelling in the natural sciences: What 
happens when there is no longer a common mathematical structure to 
allow the model to be treated as an alternative rather than approximation 
of the modelled phenomenon?  But that's as far as I've progressed into 

And finally--this is longer than I intended--I'd recommend very strongly
Teodor Shanin's brilliant "Models and Thought", in his edited
collection, The Rules of the Game (1972). But on this topic, one could
go on and on and on...



> Contents
> Introduction: Modelwork
> Martin Brückner and Sandy Isenstadt
> Part I. Knowing
> 1. Defining Models 3 Annabel Jane Wharton
> 2. Material Models of Immaterial Things
> Peter Galison
> Part II. Sensing
> 3. William Farish’s Devices and Drawings: Models for Envisioning Immaterial
and Material Realms
> Hilary Bryon
> 4. “The Instructed Eye”: What Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Drawing Books
Tell Us about Vision and How We See
> Christopher J. Lukasik
> 5. Algorithmic Audition: Modeling Musical Perception
> Martin Scherzinger
> Part III. Making
> 6. The Useful Arts of Nineteenth-Century Patent Models
> Reed Gochberg
> 7. Bodies Made of Numbers, Numbers Made of Bodies
> Catherine Newman Howe
> 8. Hypermodels: Architectural Production in Virtual Spaces
> Seher Erdoğan Ford
> Part IV. Doing
> 9. Modeling Maneuvers: Anatomical Illustration and the Practice of Touch 191
Juliet S. Sperling
> 10. Models and Manufactures: The Shoe as Commodity
> Lisa Gitelman
> 11. Modeling Interpretation Johanna Drucker
> Afterword: On the Humility of Models
> Sarah Wasserman
> Acknowledgments
> Contributors

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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