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What are simulations?

When people talk about simulations today, they are usually computer simulations. Here, processes or objects are simulated by the computer and reality is reconstructed virtually. By abstraction, a model is created, on which experiments are carried out. In such digital experiments, individual parameters, possible effects and effects under different influences can be tested virtually. In this way, we can also look back into the past or reach unreachable areas.

But it is not possible to do entirely without experiments, because sometimes simulations provide several different explanations for one phenomenon. Thanks to simulations, however, experiments are much more targeted in these cases.

Computer simulations are the third pillar of science, alongside experiments and theory. They help scientists to recognize connections, uncover gaps in knowledge and understand processes.