In search of the right abstraction : The synergy between art , science , and information technology in the modeling of natural phenomena

@inproceedings{Prusinkiewicz1998InSO,
  title={In search of the right abstraction : The synergy between art , science , and information technology in the modeling of natural phenomena},
  author={Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz},
  year={1998}
}
The creation of models of nature is the main objective of natural sciences. Without abstraction, however, models would be as complicated as reality itself; they would mimic nature without helping us to understand it. Identifying the essential features of the phenomena being described is therefore a crucial element of model construction. Unfortunately, an emphasis on objective, measurable characteristics, as promoted by current scientific practices, may lead in the wrong direction. An easily… CONTINUE READING
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