Friday, October 12, 2012

Quote of the Day: Model-Dependent Realism

 Stephen Hawking (and Leonard Mlodinow) write:

we will adopt a view that we will call model-dependent realism: the idea that a physical theory or world picture is a model (generally of a mathematical nature) and a set of rules that connect the elements of the model to observations. (The Grand Design).

In Scalable Innovation, Max and I introduce a system model (my Stanford students know it as 5-element analysis) and multiple case studies that connect the model to observation. Part I of the book briefly introduces the model and shows how to make the connections. Part II discusses methods for navigating system levels and their connections to reality. Finally, Part III shows the system dynamics: how it evolves along the S-curve and its correspondence to observations.

tags: book, quote, model, five element analysis,

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