Issue No.02 - April-June (2008 vol.30)
Hunter Heyck , University of Oklahoma
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2008.18
Herbert Simon understood the computer, the organization, and the individual mind as being "species of the genus information processor." By defining the computer in this way—in a new understanding of mind and machine—Simon hoped to provide answers to the problems of choice and control in complex systems. Part 1 discusses Simon's work before he came to computing. Part 2 covers Simon's early work in computer science.
artificial intelligence; cognitive science; context for computing; Herbert A. Simon; Allen Newell; organization theory; operations research; cybernetics
Hunter Heyck, "Defining the Computer: Herbert Simon and the Bureaucratic Mind--Part 1", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.30, no. 2, pp. 42-51, April-June 2008, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2008.18