The Sciences of the Artificial / Edition 3

The Sciences of the Artificial / Edition 3

by Herbert A. Simon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262193744

ISBN-13: 9780262193740

Pub. Date: 09/26/1996

Publisher: MIT Press


"People sometimes ask me what they should read to find out about artificial intelligence. Herbert Simon's book The Sciences of the Artificial is always on the list I give them. Every page issues a challenge to conventional thinking, and the layman who digests it well will certainly understand what the field of artificial intelligence

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"People sometimes ask me what they should read to find out about artificial intelligence. Herbert Simon's book The Sciences of the Artificial is always on the list I give them. Every page issues a challenge to conventional thinking, and the layman who digests it well will certainly understand what the field of artificial intelligence hopes to accomplish. I recommend it in the same spirit that I recommend Freud to people who ask about psychoanalysis, or Piaget to those who ask about child psychology: If you want to learn about a subject, start by reading its founding fathers."
-- George A. Miller, Complex Information Processing
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262193740
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/26/1996
Edition description:
third edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition
Preface to Second Edition
1Understanding the Natural and Artificial Worlds1
2Economic Rationality: Adaptive Artifice25
3The Psychology of Thinking: Embedding Artifice in Nature51
4Remembering and Learning: Memory as Environment for Thought85
5The Science of Design: Creating the Artificial111
6Social Planning: Designing the Evolving Artifact139
7Alternative Views of Complexity169
8The Architecture of Complexity: Hierarchic Systems183
Name Index217
Subject Index221

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