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Herbert A. Simon : the bounds of reason in modern America

Author: Hunter Crowther-Heyck
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : The johns hopkins University Press, 2005
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this informed and discerning study, Crowther-Heyck explores Simon's contributions to science and their influences on modern life and thought. For historians of science, social science, technology, and twentieth-century American intellectual and cultural history, this account of Herbert Simon's life and work provides a rich and valuable perspective. Rarely does the world see as versatile a figure as Herbert Simon.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hunter Crowther-Heyck
ISBN: 0801880254 9780801880254
OCLC Number: 474668296
Description: 420 p.
Contents: The garden of forking paths --
The Chicago School and the sciences of control --
Mathematics, logic, and the sciences of choice --
Research and reform --
Homo administrativus, or choice under control --
Decisions and revisions --
Structuring his environment --
Islands of theory --
A new model of mind and machine --
The program is the theory --
The cognitive revolution --
Homo adaptivus, the finite problem solver --
Scientist of the artificial --
The expert problem-solver --
A model scientist

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