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Models of My Life

Herbert A. Simon


SIMON, Herbert A. Models of My Life. (New York): Basic Books, (1991). Octavo, original half green cloth, original dust jacket. $900.

First edition of this fascinating and well-written autobiography by “The Father of Artificial Intelligence,” inscribed in the year of publication by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, "To J— and I— with best regards, Herb Simon May 5, 1991."

This far-reaching autography provides a compelling first-hand account of Herbert Simon's participation in the social sciences, explaining how he came to be known as The Father of Artificial Intelligence. Here, Simon shares stories about the controversies in which he found himself involved, anecdotes about scholarly infighting and politics, and information about the ways in which his studies and research affected his personal life. During his life, Simon was repeatedly recognized for his considerable cross-disciplinary contributions. In 1975, he won the Turing Award for "basic contributions to artificial intelligence, the psychology of human cognition, and list processing." Just three years later, the Nobel Committee saw fit to recognize him in Economics for his "pioneering research into the decision-making process within economic organizations." He also won the National Medal of Science and the APA's Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contibutions to Psychology. In his 52 years at Carnegie Mellon, Simon taught in a variety of departments and made significant advances while in each of them. The work, written ten years before his death, catalogues many of those advances.

A fine inscribed copy.

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