Sent Simulating Simon Simulating Scientists

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 32 (3):479-500 (2001)
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The paper consists of a reflexive exercise in which Herbert Simon's views concerning science are applied to his own research. It argues that what connected his ventures into so many different disciplinary domains was a search for complex, hierarchical systems. In the process, the paper establishes a close connection between Simon's insights and his focus on simulation. Instead of simulating Simon on a computer, though, it simulates Simon on paper. This exercise is then contrasted with Simon's own attempts to simulate science. This comparison leads to a reflexive evaluation of Simon's simulations



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