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

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

by Mie Augier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262012081

ISBN-13: 9780262012089

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262012089
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Herbert A. Simon, Scientist3
He's Just My Dad!33
Is Bounded Rationality Unboundedly Rational? Some Ruminations47
On Rational Satisficing57
Memorial to Herbert A. Simon67
Consilience, Economic Theory, and the Legacy of Herbert A. Simon75
Interdisciplinary Reasoning and Herbert Simon's Influence93
Beliefs and Tastes: Confessions of an Economist113
The Best Is the Enemy of the Good143
The Hawkins and Simon Story Revisited153
Herbert A. Simon Opened My Eyes163
Monetary Rewards and Decision Cost in Strategic Interactions169
A Focus on Processes: Part of Herbert Simon's Legacy183
Herbert Simon as Friend to Economists Out of Fashion191
Herbert A. Simon and the Education of Managers197
A Very Reasonable Objective Still Beyond Our Reach: Economics as an Empirically Disciplined Social Science211
Lessons I Learned from Herbert A. Simon and His Friends: A Reflection on My Years at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration227
Heuristics of Public Administration233
"Warmly Yours, Herb"251
Economics after Simon259
Herbert Simon and Organization Theory: Lessons for the Theory of the Firm279
The "Easy Problem" Problem297
Causality, Decomposition, and Aggregation in Social Science Models307
Bounded Rationality and Decomposability: The Basis for Integrating Cognitive and Evolutionary Economics317
Near-Decomposability, Organization, and Evolution: Some Notes on Herbert Simon's Contribution335
Herbert Simon351
Rational Forecasting, Learning, and Decision Making355
Herbert Simon: Intellectual Magnet365
Herbert Simon: Some Cherished Memories373
Herbert Simon and Production Scheduling377
"On a Different Plane"383
Striking a Blow for Sanity in Theories of Rationality389
Attribute Substitution in Intuitive Judgment411
Encounters with the Force of Herbert A. Simon433
Strong Ideas451
Heuristics for Scientific Discovery: The Legacy of Herbert Simon461
Herb Simon: A Recollection473
Letter to Herb Simon481
Herbert Simon, David Hume, and the Science of Man: Some Philosophical Implications of Models483
Markets as Artifacts: Aggregate Efficiency from Zero-Intelligence Traders501
Personal Recollections from 15 Years of Monthly Meetings521
A Soft Goodbye533
About the Contributors537
Name Index549

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