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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Everything humans create is artificial say Economics and Computer Science. Here we got this ingenious guy exploring our bounded rationality; he runs widely but with good depth. By the end, you will feel acquainted with the structure of the most models out there. The artificial is also wonderful. Read full review

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One of the more painful textbooks to read. Interesting concepts and eye-opening for a book written so long ago. Nonetheless, the words are a tad archaic and left me behind a couple of times. Read full review

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Understanding the Natural and the Artificial Worlds
Economic Rationality Adaptive Artifice
The Psychology of Thinking Embedding Artifice in Nature
Remembering and Learning Memory as Environment for Thought
The Science of Design Creating the Artificial
Social Planning Designing the Evolving Artifact
Alternative Views of Complexity
The Architecture of Complexity Hierarchic Systems
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Subject Index

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