Models of a Man: Essays in Memory of Herbert A. Simon by Mie Augier, James G. March

By Mie Augier, James G. March

Herbert Simon (1916-2001), during an extended and unique occupation within the social and behavioral sciences, made lasting contributions to many disciplines, together with economics, psychology, computing device technology, and synthetic intelligence. In 1978 he used to be provided the Nobel Prize in economics for his examine into the decision-making strategy inside of monetary agencies. His recognized ebook The Sciences of the Artificial addresses the consequences of the decision-making and problem-solving techniques for the social sciences.

This booklet (the identify is a edition at the identify of Simon's autobiography, Models of My Life) is a set of brief essays, all unique, through colleagues from many fields who felt Simon's impact and mourn his loss. blending memory and research, the ebook represents "a small acknowledgment of a giant debt."

Each of the greater than 40 participants was once requested to put in writing concerning the one paintings by means of Simon that she or he had stumbled on so much influential. The editors then grouped the essays into 4 sections: "Modeling Man," "Organizations and Administration," "Modeling Systems," and "Minds and Machines." The individuals contain such popular figures as Kenneth Arrow, William Baumol, William Cooper, Gerd Gigerenzer, Daniel Kahneman, David Klahr, Franco Modigliani, Paul Samuelson, and Vernon Smith. even if they give thought to issues as disparate as "Is Bounded Rationality Unboundedly Rational?" and "Personal reminiscences from 15 Years of per 30 days Meetings," each one essay is a testomony to the legacy of Herbert Simon -- to determine the solidarity instead of the divergences between disciplines.

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Sometimes he played the piano for an hour or so before we went to bed. Bach preludes and fugues, and Mozart and Beethoven sonatas were his favorites; he executed them all with great skill and feeling on the Steinway baby grand that he inherited from his pianist mother in the 1950s. We had strange art on our walls: a large print of Van Gogh’s wheat fields hung over the sofa; an elegant Egyptian bitch with large teats hung between the front windows (as a teen, I demanded that my parents remove this, because I was so embarrassed to have my friends see it); a giant red modern original oil by my parents’ friend Sam Rosenberg.

Acknowledgments This chapter borrows extensively (and with permission) from both the ideas and the texts of Augier and March 2001a and Augier and March 2002. Notes 1. Pamela McCorduck, interview with Herbert A. Simon, October 28, 1974 (Herbert A. Simon archives, Carnegie Mellon University), p. 3. 2. Herbert A. Simon, note from Simon to Clifford Hildreth, ‘‘Inquiry on Cowles Commission,’’ August 2, 1982. Herbert A. Simon papers, Carnegie Mellon University Library. 3. Herbert A. Simon, note from Simon to Clifford Hildreth, ‘‘Inquiry on Cowles Commission,’’ August 2, 1982.

A. Simon. 1960. Planning, Production, Inventories, and Work Force. Prentice-Hall. , and H. A. Simon. 1977. Skew Distributions and the Sizes of Business Firms. North-Holland. Keen, C. 1950. A translation of the Simon Employment Relationship into the Kruskal-Newell language. RAND report RM-544. , and H. A. Simon. 1988. The processes of scientific discovery: The strategy of experimentation. Cognitive Science 12: 139–175. , H. A. Simon, G. Bradshaw, and J. Zytkow. 1987. Scientific Discovery: Computational Explorations of the Creative Processes.

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