CHAPTER 10

The Limits of Computer Modeling

To conclude this book, I want to spend some time discussing the theoretical limits of computer models as a way of understanding where computer modeling might go in the future if advances in computer hardware and software engineering continue on their current trajectory.

Today’s computers allow unprecedented ability to model complex systems, from natural phenomena such as weather, climate, and protein folding to man-made systems such as airports, hospitals, and manufacturing facilities. The rapid advances in computer hardware and software have fostered an article of faith among many people that computer models can be built to answer any question we might want to answer at any level of detail we desire, ...

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