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Models are interesting things.

They both are and are not the thing they represent.  So, for example, a model of Jupiter points to but can never be the real Jupiter.  A painting, an appropriately colored Styrofoam ball, or a set of mathematical equations can serve as a model of that glorious planet, but in most cases the model fails to be what it aspires to be.

Models, of course, help us manage the unmanageable.  They bring down in scale magnificent objects so we can play with them in ways that would be impossible without the model.  We magnify reality, splice it up and study that piece to better understand both the whole and that piece’s place in the whole.

As long as we keep in mind that the model is a model…an abstraction of reality, then it serves its purpose.

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