When can a Computer Simulation act as Substitute for an Experiment? A Case-Study from Chemisty
Study: Simulation of H-2-Formation in Outer Space
We examine the question under what preconditions a simulation can serve
as a substitute for an experiment with the example of a recently published
simulation of -enrichment in outer
space by Goumans/Kaestner (2010).
This example was chosen, because it fits quite well with the idea of
an “experiment-surrogate”. Also, it is simple enough to
highlight the epistemologically important aspects. At the same time
it is a case study from real science and not merely a stylized example
for didactic purposes.