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Book Description


Numerical simulation is a technique of major importance in various technical and scientific fields. Used to understand diverse physical phenomena or to design everyday objects, it plays a major role in innovation in the industrial sector. Whilst engineering curricula now include training courses dedicated to it, numerical simulation is still not well-known in some economic sectors, and even less so among the general public. Simulation involves the mathematical modeling of the real world, coupled with the computing power offered by modern technology. Designed to perform virtual experiments, digital simulation can be considered as an "art of prediction". Embellished with a rich iconography and based on the testimony of researchers and engineers, this book shines a light on this little-known art. It is the first of two volumes and focuses on the principles, methods and industrial practice of numerical modeling.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Foreword
  3. Preface
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. 1 The World in Equations
    1. 1.1. Numerical modeling
    2. 1.2. Putting the world into equations: example of mechanics
    3. 1.3. Solving an equation
  6. 2 Simulation Practice
    1. 2.1. Validating a simulation
    2. 2.2. Maturity of a technique
    3. 2.3. Practice, practice, practice…
  7. 3 A Global Technique
    1. 3.1. A very generalized technique
    2. 3.2. A strategic technique
    3. 3.3. Hercules of the calculation
  8. 4 The Data World
    1. 4.1. Big data
    2. 4.2. Data and networks
    3. 4.3. Learning from data
    4. 4.4. Biological and digital brains
    5. 4.5. Are humans overwhelmed by machines?
  9. Conclusion
  10. Glossary of Terms
  11. References
  12. Index
  13. End User License Agreement