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The scientist as problem solver

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posted on 1987-01-01, 00:00 authored by Herbert Alexander Simon, Artificial Intelligence and Psychology Project.
Abstract: "The thesis of this paper is that the scientist is a problem solver. If this thesis is true, then we can dispense with a separate theory of scientific discovery--the processes of discovery are just applications of the processes of problem solving. However, since the thesis is not obvious to everyone, and since the topic of scientific discovery has interest in its own right, perhaps it is worth while [sic] saying a little more about it. In particular, I shall use this opportunity to think aloud, retrospectively, about some of my own scientific work, and to see whether it, too, fits the problem solving mold."


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