Models of a Man: Essays in Memory of Herbert A. Simon

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MIT Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 553 pages
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Herbert Simon (1916-2001), in the course of a long and distinguished career in the social and behavioral sciences, made lasting contributions to many disciplines, including economics, psychology, computer science, and artificial intelligence. In 1978 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his research into the decision-making process within economic organizations. His well-known book The Sciences of the Artificial addresses the implications of the decision-making and problem-solving processes for the social sciences.This book (the title is a variation on the title of Simon's autobiography, Models of My Life) is a collection of short essays, all original, by colleagues from many fields who felt Simon's influence and mourn his loss. Mixing reminiscence and analysis, the book represents "a small acknowledgment of a large debt."Each of the more than forty contributors was asked to write about the one work by Simon that he or she had found most influential. The editors then grouped the essays into four sections: "Modeling Man," "Organizations and Administration," "Modeling Systems," and "Minds and Machines." The contributors include such prominent figures as Kenneth Arrow, William Baumol, William Cooper, Gerd Gigerenzer, Daniel Kahneman, David Klahr, Franco Modigliani, Paul Samuelson, and Vernon Smith. Although they consider topics as disparate as "Is Bounded Rationality Unboundedly Rational?" and "Personal Recollections from 15 Years of Monthly Meetings," each essay is a testament to the legacy of Herbert Simon -- to see the unity rather than the divergences among disciplines.

 

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Contents

Herbert A Simon Scientist
3
Hes Just My Dad
33
Is Bounded Rationality Unboundedly Rational? Some Ruminations
47
On Rational Satisficing
57
Memorial to Herbert A Simon
67
The Best isthe Enemy of the Good
143
The Hawkins and Simon Story Revisited
153
Herbert A Simon Opened My Eyes
163
The Easy Problem Problem
297
Causality Decomposition and Aggregation in Social Science Models
307
The Basis for Integrating Cognitive
317
Herbert Simon
351
Intellectual Magnet
365
Some Cherished Memories
373
On a Different Plane
383
Striking a Blow for Sanity in Theories of Rationality
389

Monetary Rewards and Decision Cost in Strategic Interactions
169
Part of Herbert Simons Legacy
183
Herbert Simon as Friend to Economists Out of Fashion
191
Herbert A Simon and the Education of Managers
197
A Reflection on My Years
227
Heuristics of Public Administration
233
Warmly Yours Herb
251
Economics after Simon
259
Lessons for the Theory of the Firm
279
Attribute Substitution in Intuitive Judgment
411
Encounters with the Force of Herbert A Simon
433
A Recollection
473
Letter to Herb Simon
481
Aggregate Efficiency from ZeroIntelligence Traders
501
Personal Recollections from 15 Years of Monthly Meetings
521
A Soft Goodbye
533
Name Index
549
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James G. March is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.

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