Register to reply

Theoretical, Experimental, Simulation, and... end of story?

Share this thread:
tampora
#1
Apr18-12, 03:22 AM
P: 7
I know that this question cannot be answered with any absolute authority, but I'd still like to hear some speculation.

Can there be a next frontier in the tools of science? Previously, we had experiments and theory. Later, simulation was created with the advent of the computer.

In analogy, we thought land, sea, and space was all that exists (heavens notwithstanding). Now, the possibility of alternate dimensions exist.

I don't think it would of been impossible for someone in the pre-computer age to envision what a computer simulation does. In that light, what could possibly follow simulation? It really feels like the end of the road.
Phys.Org News Partner Science news on Phys.org
What lit up the universe?
Sheepdogs use just two simple rules to round up large herds of sheep
Animals first flex their muscles
mfb
#2
Apr18-12, 07:59 AM
Mentor
P: 11,869
Simulations in the pre-computer age were made with pen and paper. It is much more work, but everything you can simulate in the computer can be done by hand, too. Of course, if you have a supercomputer available you'll make the simulation "a bit" more complex ;).
dipole
#3
Apr18-12, 09:50 AM
P: 440
I agree with mfb, nothing a computer does is new. A computer has made doing extremely tedious and complicated tasks very very easy and efficient, but the fundamental concept is the same as it always was - simulations are simply doing calculations and making predictions based on a particular theory. It always comes down to observation -> theory -> prediction -> observation, perhaps not necessarily in that order.

Kholdstare
#4
Apr18-12, 11:53 AM
P: 390
Theoretical, Experimental, Simulation, and... end of story?

Simulation is nothing but prediction of theory. There's nothing new in it.


Register to reply

Related Discussions
Casimir Effect Simulation and Experimental Setup Quantum Physics 0
From experimental to theoretical Academic Guidance 0
Theoretical Vs. experimental Academic Guidance 1
Experimental vs. theoretical Academic Guidance 12
Theoretical M/AM reactor for SF-story General Physics 3