chapter  2
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Models and Modelling

For many years scientists from all fields have been trying to describe the real

world by constructing logical forms of varying complexity, called models. The pro-

cess of selecting the main characteristics of a real life phenomenon and finding the

basic mechanisms that describe the development of the phenomenon is called mod-

elling, or also model building. Since the beginning of time, humans have been using

models to understand the real world. The development of language enabled man to

form important verbal constructs. These verbal constructs became the first models,

expressing not just real objects, but also abstract ideas and innovations. Ancient

Greeks established the first schools and academies, in order to encourage learning

and to enhance the dissemination of information and exchange of ideas on scientific

model building; a process known as dialectics, or more commonly philosophy.