Article ID: CBB450364367

Simulation and “Seduction” at the Policy Interface (2017)


Taking the environmental policy simulations of the 1970s as a starting point, this article looks at the history of interactivity in computer simulation. It argues that the move toward interactive interfaces for computer simulations in this period was motivated as much by the anxieties of model-builders as it was by the new technological affordances offered by time-sharing. By looking at the early history of interactive simulations, the article shows that scholarly representations of simulations as innately “seductive” and “captivating” overlook how these properties were deliberately engineered into software for historically-specific reasons.

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Authors & Contributors
Yost, Jeffrey R.
Heymann, Matthias
Richey, Matthew
Edwards, Paul N.
Parker, Wendy S.
Tinn, Honghong
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
American Mathematical Monthly
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Perspectives on Science
Greenwood Press
History of Computing
Computer Simulation
Models and modeling in science
Computational methods
Climate and climatology
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
United States
United States. Securities and Exchange Commission
Symantec Corporation
Peter Norton Computing Corporation
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory
Control Data Corporation

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