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

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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: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mie Augier is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

James G. March is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Herbert A. Simon, Scientist 3
He's Just My Dad! 33
Is Bounded Rationality Unboundedly Rational? Some Ruminations 47
On Rational Satisficing 57
Memorial to Herbert A. Simon 67
Consilience, Economic Theory, and the Legacy of Herbert A. Simon 75
Interdisciplinary Reasoning and Herbert Simon's Influence 93
Beliefs and Tastes: Confessions of an Economist 113
The Best Is the Enemy of the Good 143
The Hawkins and Simon Story Revisited 153
Herbert A. Simon Opened My Eyes 163
Monetary Rewards and Decision Cost in Strategic Interactions 169
A Focus on Processes: Part of Herbert Simon's Legacy 183
Herbert Simon as Friend to Economists Out of Fashion 191
Herbert A. Simon and the Education of Managers 197
A Very Reasonable Objective Still Beyond Our Reach: Economics as an Empirically Disciplined Social Science 211
Lessons I Learned from Herbert A. Simon and His Friends: A Reflection on My Years at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration 227
Heuristics of Public Administration 233
"Warmly Yours, Herb" 251
Economics after Simon 259
Herbert Simon and Organization Theory: Lessons for the Theory of the Firm 279
The "Easy Problem" Problem 297
Causality, Decomposition, and Aggregation in Social Science Models 307
Bounded Rationality and Decomposability: The Basis for Integrating Cognitive and Evolutionary Economics 317
Near-Decomposability, Organization, and Evolution: Some Notes on Herbert Simon's Contribution 335
Herbert Simon 351
Rational Forecasting, Learning, and Decision Making 355
Herbert Simon: Intellectual Magnet 365
Herbert Simon: Some Cherished Memories 373
Herbert Simon and Production Scheduling 377
"On a Different Plane" 383
Striking a Blow for Sanity in Theories of Rationality 389
Attribute Substitution in Intuitive Judgment 411
Encounters with the Force of Herbert A. Simon 433
Strong Ideas 451
Heuristics for Scientific Discovery: The Legacy of Herbert Simon 461
Herb Simon: A Recollection 473
Letter to Herb Simon 481
Herbert Simon, David Hume, and the Science of Man: Some Philosophical Implications of Models 483
Markets as Artifacts: Aggregate Efficiency from Zero-Intelligence Traders 501
Personal Recollections from 15 Years of Monthly Meetings 521
A Soft Goodbye 533
About the Contributors 537
Name Index 549
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