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Models of Discovery

And Other Topics in the Methods of Science

  • Herbert A. Simon

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 54)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Testing Theories of Empirical Phenomena

  3. Causes and Possible Worlds

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      Pages 47-52
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  4. The Logic of Imperatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-136
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  5. Complexity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-181
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  6. Theory of Scientific Discovery

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      Pages 263-267
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  7. Formalizing Scientific Theories

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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 441-464

About this book

Introduction

We respect Herbert A. Simon as an established leader of empirical and logical analysis in the human sciences while we happily think of him as also the loner; of course he works with many colleagues but none can match him. He has been writing fruitfully and steadily for four decades in many fields, among them psychology, logic, decision theory, economics, computer science, management, production engineering, information and control theory, operations research, confirmation theory, and we must have omitted several. With all of them, he is at once the technical scientist and the philosophical critic and analyst. When writing of decisions and actions, he is at the interface of philosophy of science, decision theory, philosophy of the specific social sciences, and inventory theory (itself, for him, at the interface of economic theory, production engineering and information theory). When writing on causality, he is at the interface of methodology, metaphysics, logic and philosophy of physics, systems theory, and so on. Not that the interdisciplinary is his orthodoxy; we are delighted that he has chosen to include in this book both his early and little-appreciated treatment of straightforward philosophy of physics - the axioms of Newtonian mechanics, and also his fine papers on pure confirmation theory.

Keywords

axiomatization logic scientific discovery

Authors and affiliations

  • Herbert A. Simon
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  1. 1.Carnegie-Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-9521-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0970-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9521-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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