Book-Review - Mathematical Astronomy in Copernicus's de Revolutionibus

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... 428-347 BC) that the Earth was the centre of the universe and that all the other astronomical bodies revolved in circular orbits around the Earth – as observed by the naked eye. Aristotle (384-322 BC) (see Stocks, 1922), Plato's student, argued for a crystal sphere carrying each such astronomical body where the gaps between spheres were filled with solid aether, the spheres themselves being concentric. Less predictable movements of nearby planets required an embedded sphere to account for their more erratic observed behaviour. ...
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By consideration of scientific paradigm shifts, in this chapter the authors evaluate possible parallels in the evolution of modelling, and particularly metamodelling and modelling language construction, as a basis for evaluating whether or not the time is ripe for a similar change of direction in model language development for software engineering. Having identified several inconsistencies and paradoxes in the current orthodoxy, they then introduce a number of ideas from outside software engineering (including language use, philosophy, and ontology engineering) that seem to solve many of these issues. Whether these new ideas, together, are sufficient to create a shift in mindset or whether they are simply the stimulus for others to create new and orthogonal ideas remains to be seen. The authors urge the modelling and metamodelling communities to search out that new orthodoxy (i.e. instigate a paradigm shift) that will, necessarily, ensure that the science will offer simpler and more satisfying solutions in the years to come.
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