The Sciences of the Artificial / Edition 3

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Overview

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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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262691918
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 736,657
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbert Simon is Professor of Psychology at Carnegie-Mellon University. He was awarded theNobel Prize in economics in 1978.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition
Preface to Second Edition
1 Understanding the Natural and Artificial Worlds 1
2 Economic Rationality: Adaptive Artifice 25
3 The Psychology of Thinking: Embedding Artifice in Nature 51
4 Remembering and Learning: Memory as Environment for Thought 85
5 The Science of Design: Creating the Artificial 111
6 Social Planning: Designing the Evolving Artifact 139
7 Alternative Views of Complexity 169
8 The Architecture of Complexity: Hierarchic Systems 183
Name Index 217
Subject Index 221
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