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Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science
This is the first cross-over book in the history of science written by an historian of economics, combining a number of disciplinary and stylistic orientations. In it Philip Mirowshki shows how what is conventionally thought to be "history of technology" can be integrated with the history of economic ideas. His analysis combines Cold War history with the history of the pos ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published December 3rd 2001 by Cambridge University Press
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The hidden history of postwar economics, with special attention paid to game theory, linear programming, thermodynamics, and information theory/cryptography. He explores a ton of fascinating linkages between these subjects with a scathing, almost Nietzschean denunciation of how the flaws and assumptions of past economists have turned modern economics into what it is today. However, it's also a celebration of the ideas behind economics, and the ending part where he shows an example of an auction ...more