I have heard the term 'computational microscope' used to describe the practice of molecular simulation (in the context e.g. computational chemistry, materials science) and its use as a numerical tool for predicting scientific properties of materials, etc. I have also heard 'numerical microscope' in the same context.

Is there a well-known origin for this terminology / expression? References would be ideal.

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting question. I do particle-based simulation and never heard either expression before. In what context have you seen it used? $\endgroup$ – lr1985 Jun 19 '20 at 6:56
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    $\begingroup$ @lr1985 I have certainly seen it in the first section of this book (cermics.enpc.fr/~lelievre/free_energy_book.html). I have somehow managed to convince myself that I have also heard the phrase elsewhere, but it's possible that my mind is playing tricks on me. $\endgroup$ – πr8 Jun 19 '20 at 7:51
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    $\begingroup$ This question would also probably fit on the new Materials Modeling SE if you don't find an answer here $\endgroup$ – Tyberius Jun 19 '20 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ @Tyberius thank you for the heads up, I will keep that in mind. $\endgroup$ – πr8 Jun 19 '20 at 17:27

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