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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)
How could I NOT give Simon's seminal work five stars?
It's one of those books that has always made me think, not just about design and systems but about logic, patterns... Read more
After 18 years still a valuable contribution to the philosophy of technologyPublished 15 months ago by Hhm Tromp
One of the best books ever written on complexity. Ranging from engineering to psychology, connecting all the dots.
To be read and reread.
For everybody who does research may get inspirations how to solve complex issues or problems. The last chapter presents methodology how to tackle it. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Duy Q. Vu
Received the book when promised, in like new conditin. Had plenty of time to read entire contents before class meetings in August.Published on July 17, 2013 by davidw
I am really enjoying reading this book. It is very well written. I understand all they are talking about because of my background in engineering, but also because I understand... Read morePublished on November 9, 2009 by June Massoud
in 2008, this work is primarily of historical interest. simon suggests a scientific approach to design, claiming one has existed since the mid-1970's - in retrospect, a highly... Read morePublished on June 16, 2008 by Kevin Collins