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Peter Bexte: Uncertainty in Grammar / The Grammar of Uncertainty
Uncertainty in Grammar / The Grammar of Uncertainty
(p. 219 – 226)

Peter Bexte

Uncertainty in Grammar / The Grammar of Uncertainty
Some Remarks on the Future Perfect

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  • programming / coding
  • computer
  • history of science
  • computer science
  • computer simulation
  • history of technology

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Peter Bexte

Peter Bexte is professor for aesthetics at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. From 2005 to 2008 he worked in Potsdam as visiting professor for the history and theory of technical media. In 2000 he curated the central section of the Berlin Millennium Exhibition »Seven Hills. Images and Signs of the 21st Century«. He has a strong interest in early modern science and the history of the epistemic triangle perception/media/image.

Other texts by Peter Bexte for DIAPHANES
Gabriele Gramelsberger (ed.): From Science to Computational Sciences

In 1946 John von Neumann stated that science is stagnant along the entire front of complex problems, proposing the use of largescale computing machines to overcome this stagnation. In other words, Neumann advocated replacing analytical methods with numerical ones. The invention of the computer in the 1940s allowed scientists to realise numerical simulations of increasingly complex problems like weather forecasting, and climate and molecular modelling. Today, computers are widely used as computational laboratories, shifting science toward the computational sciences. By replacing analytical methods with numerical ones, they have expanded theory and experimentation by simulation.

During the last decades hundreds of computational departments have been established all over the world and countless computer-based simulations have been conducted. This volume explores the epoch-making influence of automatic computing machines on science, in particular as simulation tools.