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    The Electronic Oracle: Computer Models and Social Decisions (Hardback) By (author) D.H. Meadows, By (author) J.M. Robinson

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    DescriptionThis book describes the state of the art of social-system modeling, especially at the level of national planning. In an unusually clear and understandable language it approaches the controversial and often confused debate in the use of computer models in social decision making from an entirely new direction. By looking at the entire subject - including the political and philosophical environments around the models as well as the models themselves - from an objective, and knowledgeable viewpoint, the authors show how computer modeling is a powerful, but limited tool. Written from an insiders' viewpoint, with an outsiders' sceptism, this book is of continuing relevance and too important not to publish.


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    Title
    The Electronic Oracle
    Subtitle
    Computer Models and Social Decisions
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) D.H. Meadows, By (author) J.M. Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 462
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 775 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780471905585
    ISBN 10: 0471905585
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: UY
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JHBC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC024000, COM072000
    DC19: 300.724
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: H61.25
    B&T Approval Code: A30143600
    DC22: 300/.724
    LC classification: H61.25 .M4 1985
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, index
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    John Wiley & Sons Ltd
    Publication date
    01 June 1985
    Publication City/Country
    Chichester
    Table of contents
    Prologue; Part I: Introduction; The Electronic Oracle; Part II: Modeling Paradigms; Models of Modeling; Part III: Nine Models; How to Describe a Model; SAHEL: The Tragedy of the Commons; RfF: Adding a Combine to a Tractor; SOS: The Perfectly -adjusting Society; TEMPO": Educating the Third World; LTSM: The Race Between Production and Consumption; BACHUE: A Twenty-Legged Robot; KASM: Not a Ureee but a Stew; MexicoV: Statistical Patches; CHAC: Optimising Mexican Agriculture; Part IV: The State of the Art; Model Content: The Process of Industrialization; Model Quality: Advantages of Computer Models; Implementation: Changing the World; Part V: Prescriptions; An Inventory of Suggestions; The Transformation of Modeling; Epilogue.