Herbert Simon Quotes

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Herbert Simon Quotes

Herbert A. Simon (June 15, 1916 – February 9, 2001) was an American political scientist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Herbert A. Simon was born on June 15, 1916, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Simon attended the University of Chicago, where he studied political science, economics, and mathematics. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1936 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in political science in 1943. After completing his Ph.D., Simon joined the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he worked on the development of a computer called the ILLIAC. This experience sparked his interest in the intersection of computer science and human decision-making.

Famous Herbert Simon Quotes

“Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.” ~ Herbert Simon
“Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves.” ~ Herbert Simon
“Human beings know a lot of things, some of which are true, and apply them. When we like the results, we call it wisdom.” ~ Herbert Simon
“The proper study of mankind is the science of design.” ~ Herbert Simon
“Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational.” ~ Herbert Simon
“Enlightenments, like accidents, happen only to prepared minds.” ~ Herbert Simon
“A complex decision is like a great river, drawing from its many tributaries the innumerable premises of which it is constituted.” ~ Herbert Simon
“One finds limits by pushing them.” ~ Herbert Simon
“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” ~ Herbert Simon
“Learning results from what the student does and thinks, and only from what the student does and thinks. The teacher can advance learning only by influencing the student to learn.” ~ Herbert Simon
“Solving a problem simply means representing it so as to make the solution transparent.” ~ Herbert Simon
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