Playing with molecules.

@article{Toon2011PlayingWM,
  title={Playing with molecules.},
  author={Adam Toon},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of science},
  year={2011},
  volume={42 4},
  pages={
          580-9
        }
}
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. In this paper, I assess the make-believe view through an empirical study of molecular models. I suggest that the view gains support when we… CONTINUE READING

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