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Models of My Life (MIT Press) by Herbert A. Simon

By Herbert A. Simon

In this candid and witty autobiography, Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon appears to be like at his distinct and sundry occupation, continuously asking himself even if (and how) what he realized as a scientist is helping to provide an explanation for different elements of his life.A incredible polymath in an age of accelerating specialization, Simon is a type of infrequent students whose paintings defines fields of inquiry. Crossing disciplinary traces in part a dozen fields, Simon's tale encompasses an explosion within the details sciences, the transformation of psychology by way of the information-processing paradigm, and using laptop simulation for modeling the habit of hugely complicated systems.Simon's concept of bounded rationality resulted in a Nobel Prize in economics, and his paintings on construction machines that imagine -- in response to the idea that human intelligence is the rule-governed manipulation of symbols -- laid conceptual foundations for the recent cognitive technology. hence, contrasting metaphors of the maze (Simon's view) and of the brain (neural nets) have ruled the substitute intelligence debate.There is usually a hot account of his winning marriage and of an unconsummated love affair, letters to his teenagers, columns, a quick tale, and political and private intrigue in academe.

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