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Stuart N. Lane

In: The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge

Chapter 17: Making Mathematical Models Perform in Geographical Space(s)

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Making Mathematical Models Perform in Geographical Space(s)
Making mathematical models perform in geographical space(s)
Introduction

I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again … the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul. J.G. Ballard.

Models increasingly underpin much of how we live. Their role in our lives is often unappreciated, hidden, left without scrutiny. Both our individual and our collective experiences of the past remind us that our world is full of surprises, things we wish to avoid. Models become one of the devices that we rely upon to transcend that past through the present into ...

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