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Observations, Simulations, and Reasoning in Astrophysics

Jacquart, Melissa (2020) Observations, Simulations, and Reasoning in Astrophysics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Astrophysics faces methodological challenges as a result of being a predominantly observation-based science without access to traditional experiments. In light of these challenges, astrophysicists frequently rely on computer simulations. Using collisional ring galaxies as a case study, I argue that computer simulations play three roles in reasoning in astrophysics: (1) hypothesis testing, (2) exploring possibility space, and (3) amplifying observations.


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Jacquart, Melissamelissajacquart@gmail.com0000-0003-2144-1588
Keywords: astrophysics, ring galaxies, hypothesis testing, exploring possibility space, amplifying observations
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Depositing User: Melissa Jacquart
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 02:41
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 02:41
Item ID: 16894
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16894

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