The Sciences of the Artificial

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MIT Press, Sep 26, 1996 - Computers - 248 pages
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Continuing his exploration of the organization of complexity and the science of design, this new edition of Herbert Simon's classic work on artificial intelligence adds a chapter that sorts out the current themes and tools -- chaos, adaptive systems, genetic algorithms -- for analyzing complexity and complex systems. There are updates throughout the book as well. These take into account important advances in cognitive psychology and the science of design while confirming and extending the book's basic thesis: that a physical symbol system has the necessary and sufficient means for intelligent action. The chapter "Economic Reality" has also been revised to reflect a change in emphasis in Simon's thinking about the respective roles of organizations and markets in economic systems.
 

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User Review  - Lyndatrue - LibraryThing

There are so many concepts in the multiple fields that owe a debt that this work that first appeared here, that it almost seems strange to revisit it. I actually wore my first copy out. The second ... Read full review

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User Review  - lorin - LibraryThing

. This is another one of those books that gets referenced so often that I added it to my list. I have seen references to this work in the context of design, artificial intelligence, and economics. I ... Read full review

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Contents

Understanding the Natural and the Artificial Worlds
1
Economic Rationality Adaptive Artifice
25
The Psychology of Thinking Embedding Artifice in Nature
51
Remembering and Learning Memory as Environment for Thought
85
The Science of Design Creating the Artificial
111
Social Planning Designing the Evolving Artifact
139
Alternative Views of Complexity
169
The Architecture of Complexity Hierarchic Systems
183
Name Index
217
Subject Index
221
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