Tom Siegfried, Randomness

Tom Siegfried, Randomness

Physicists’ theories, biology’s brains work best when they’re models of efficiency

By Science News, 11:08 AM November 13, 2012

SN Prime | November 12, 2012 | Vol. 2, No. 43

When scientists talk about computer models, they don’t mean little toy facsimiles of a PC or Mac. A computer model is a digital representation of some piece of reality. It’s a translation of matter and motion into math, so a computer can calculate how a process will unfold under various circumstances.

Of course, even before computers, scientists still devised models. It was just harder to do the math. Scientists did their own calculations, u...

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