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  • Adam Toon
  • Studies in history and philosophy of science
  • 2011
Recent philosophy of science has seen a number of attempts to understand scientific models by looking to theories of fiction. In previous work, I have offered an account of models that draws on Kendall Walton's 'make-believe' theory of art. According to this account, models function as 'props' in games of make-believe, like children's dolls or toy trucks.(More)
In this paper I propose an account of representation for scientific models based on Kendall Walton’s ‘make-believe’ theory of representation in art. I first set out the problem of scientific representation and respond to a recent argument due to Craig Callender and Jonathan Cohen, which aims to show that the problem may be easily dismissed. I then introduce(More)
The descriptions and theoretical laws scientists write down when they model a system are often false of any real system. And yet we commonly talk as if there were objects that satisfy the scientists’ assumptions and as if we may learn about their properties. Many attempt to make sense of this by taking the scientists’ descriptions and theoretical laws to(More)
A functional description of a communications satellite beacon receiver is presented. The system, designed primarily for LES-5/6, is capable of reliable unattended operation, and provides a frequency and time reference for fixed and highly mobile satellite communications terminals. Theoretical and experimental data are given, with particular emphasis on(More)
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