Machine Dreams

Machine Dreams

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This was the first cross-over book into the history of science written by an historian of economics. It shows how 'history of technology' can be integrated with the history of economic ideas. The analysis combines Cold War history with the history of postwar economics in America and later elsewhere, revealing that the Pax Americana had much to do with abstruse and formal doctrines such as linear programming and game theory. It links the literature on 'cyborg' to economics, an element missing in literature to date. The treatment further calls into question the idea that economics has been immune to postmodern currents, arguing that neoclassical economics has participated in the deconstruction of the integral 'self'. Finally, it argues for an alliance of computational and institutional themes, and challenges the widespread impression that there is nothing else besides American neoclassical economic theory left standing after the demise of Marxism.If it were 1957, then it could be only one place: the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) Air Defense System run by the U.S. Air Force. ... the world: the SABRE airline reservation system of American Airlines (patterned upon SAGE); bank check and credit card processing ... By 1997, with the melding of home entertainment centers with home offices and personal computers via the Internet (a linealanbsp;...


Title:Machine Dreams
Author: Philip Mirowski
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2002
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