We present aspects of simulation in our information society based on different forms of computation.
Simulating = Computing = Thinking = Existing
Simulation = Playing with Models
- tale, legend, folksong
- mind/self = simulation of (body + mind/self) =…
- theatre, film: word + image + sound
- science: word, mathematical symbol, models
- politics: West-East, North-South, Good-Evil…
- religion: God, Soul, Heaven, Hell…
- finance: stocks, options…
- talk, sing, dance, kick, hit
- write, draw
- compute: pen and paper
- compute: computer
- interact: mouse, joy stick
- school university
- finance market, business, insurance
- church parliament court
- cafe kitchen table bedroom
- myspace, facebook, blogosphere, World of Warcraft….
Interactive parliament game reflecting different simulations of the future.
Characteristics: Change + Interaction
- interactive = feed back
- dynamic = change in time = time-stepping
- change we can believe in = realistic
- reality, virtual reality, hyperreality, brand name
- the road (to the goal) is the goal
- the medium = the message: McLuhan’s equation
- the computation/simulation = the message
- doing vs being: democratic vs aristocratic
- representation: symbols
- climate model = differential equation
- computer number crunching
- simulations of different scenarios…
- fate of humanity???
- virtual reality can be shared/duplicated
- unification – diversity – free access to information
- real reality cannot be shared — splitting
- file sharing: Pirate Bay
- free bits = free information?
Learning by Simulation
- basic: Newton’s law
- derived: Keplers laws
- construct model
- play with model — interactivity
- learning principles
- learning by doing/constructing models and solutions
- simulate — discover — learn — simulate…..
- learning = playing a (computer) game
- learning simulation technology = constructing/playing games
- = e-learning at its best.
Sampling-Synthesis vs Simulation-Emulation
Mathematics in Science/Application
The common standpoint that mathematics is the basis of society, is expressed by the famous physicist E. Wigner in:
However, it is unreasonable to believe that something can be unreasonably effective, and it is more resonable to turn Wigner´s statement into:
- The Resonable Ineffectiveness of Analytical Mathematics.