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Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science

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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 March 31st 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published December 3rd 2001)
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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
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Philip Mirowski (born 21 August 1951, Jackson, Michigan) is a historian and philosopher of economic thought at the University of Notre Dame (Carl E. Koch Professor of Economics and Policy Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science). He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1979, and is a Director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.

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