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Machine dreams : economics becomes a cyborg science

Author: Philip Mirowski
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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This is the first cross-over book into the history of science written by an historian of economics. It shows how 'history of technology' can be integrated with the history of economic ideas. The analysis combines Cold War history with the history of postwar economics in America and later elsewhere, revealing that the Pax Americana had much to do with abstruse and formal doctrines such as linear programming and game  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Mirowski
ISBN: 0521772834 9780521772839 0521775264 9780521775267
OCLC Number: 45636899
Description: xiv, 655 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Cyborg agonistes --
Some cyborg genealogies; or, how the demon got its bots --
John von Neumann and the cyborg incursion into economics --
The military, the scientists and the revised rules of the game --
Do cyborgs dream of efficient markets? --
The empire strikes back --
Core wars --
Machines who think vs. machines that sell.
Responsibility: Philip Mirowski.
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