Creativity in the Sciences and the Arts: How Can We Explain It?

Psychologists have gained a considerable
understanding in recent years of how people solve
problems. Can this understanding be extended from
routine, everyday problem solving to the kind of
activities, in science and art, that we call creativity? In
the past decade, research has tackled this question,
even to the point of constructing computer programs
that simulate human creativity. Herbert Simon has been
one of the harbingers in this exciting and new research.

Dr. Simon is Richard King Mellon University Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Carnegie
Mellon University, where he has taught since 1949.
During the past thirty years he has been studying
decision-making and problem-solving processes, using
computers to simulate human thinking. He has published over 700 papers and 20 books and monographs,
including his autobiography, Models of My Life (1991). Dr.
Simon was educated at the University of Chicago, and
his work has been recognized by honorary degrees from
a number of universities.

Mr. Simon was elected to the National Academy of
Sciences in 1967. He has received awards for his
research from the American Psychological Association,
the Association for Computing Machinery, the
American Political Science Association, the American
Economic Association, and the Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers. He received the Alfred Nobel
Memorial Prize in Economics in 1978, and the National
Medal of Science in 1986.

Mr. Simon has been chairman of the board of
directors of the Social Science Research Council and of
the Behavioral Science Division of the National
Research Council and was a member of the President's
Science Advisory Committee.

Please join us for an enlightening speech by Mr.
Simon. The reception begins at 5:30, followed by dinner
at 6:00 and lecture at 7:00.