Different model complexities for the heart (top) and the Earth (bottom).

Different model complexities for the heart (top) and the Earth (bottom). A simpler model can be more useful: the basic shape of the heart has likely become the most successful model, indeed a true icon, only because it was neither too complex (it can be reproduced easily), nor too simple (its characteristic shape is still recognisable). Finding the right level of complexity is challenging and must repeatedly be considered carefully by the modeller for each new modelling task at hand.

  • Creator: Fabio Crameri
  • This version: 12.11.2021
  • License: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
  • Specific citation: This graphic by Fabio Crameri from van Zelst et al. (2021) is available via the open-access s-ink.org repository.
  • Related reference: van Zelst, I., F. Crameri, A.E. Pusok, A.C. Glerum, J. Dannberg, C. Thieulot (2022), 101 geodynamic modelling: how to design, interpret, and communicate numerical studies of the solid Earth, Solid Earth, 13, 583–637, doi:10.5194/se-13-583-2022
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