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Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science Paperback – 26 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 1756 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (26 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019954316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199543168
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 7.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,990,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mind as Machine is instructive, thought-provocative, and interdisciplinary in its approach...One cannot deny the fact that Professor Margaret Boden is an excellent writer Yves Laberge Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy lively and interesting...highly readable...This is, as far as I know, the first full-scale history of cognitive science...Future histories of the subject will have to be build on this one. Gilbert Harman, American Scientist Mind as Machine is a magisterial review of major theoretical developments about mental computation...[this] illuminating book should be a great boon to efforts to understand mind and intelligence through interdisciplinary collaboration. Paul Thagard, Artificial Intelligence A magnum opus, a stunning achievement. Aaron Sloman, University of Birmingham The writing is clear and engaging throughout, so much so that it often sounds less like scientific prose than literature. Roy Behrens, Leonardo OnLine These volumes are thought provoking and open a doorway towards improved understanding of the patterns of science in the second half of the twentieth century. Stephen T. Casper, Medical History.

About the Author

Margaret A. Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex. She is a Fellow (and past Vice-President) of the British Academy, and of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (and its British and European equivalents), and a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2002 she was awarded an OBE for services to Cognitive Science, and she holds a Cambridge ScD as well as honorary doctorates from Bristol, Sussex, and the Open University. Educated at Cambridge and Harvard, her earlier degrees were in medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology. She has lectured around the world, and her work has been translated into 18 languages. She has two children, and three grandchildren.

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Not only well informed and informative, these volumes are excellently written and trace overlapping detective stories covering the history of the many quests for understanding how brains work and creating artificial intelligences. My only problem is how many bookmarks I have in mine at any one time! They never seem to get back on my book shelves.
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Really quite thought provoking. And surprisingly readable.
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