1st Edition

Methods of Heuristics

Edited By R. Groner, M. Groner, W. F. Bischof Copyright 1983

    This volume constitutes the edited proceedings of an interdisciplinary symposium on Methods of Heuristics, which was held at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from September 15 to 19, 1980. In organizing the symposium, the editors of the present volume were able to invite specialists from psychology, computer science, and mathematics. From their own perspective they made contributions to the central questions of the conference: What are heuristics, the methods and rules guiding discovery and problem solving in a variety of different fields? How did they develop in individual human beings and in the history of science? Is it possible to arrive at a commonly accepted definition of heuristics as the field unifying all these efforts, and, if yes, what are its basic characteristics?

    1. Approaches to Heuristics: A Historical Review 2. An Evolutionary Approach to Cognitive Processes and Creativity in Human Being 3. An Evolutionary Approach to Hypothesis and Concept Formation 4. Inspiration and Thinking in Mathematics 5. Heuristics and the Axiomatic Method 6. Heuristics and Cognition in Complex Systems 7. Heuristics, Mental Programs, and Intelligence 8. On Generating Procedures and Structuring Knowledge 9. Guidance of Action by Knowledge 10. Informal Heuristic Principles of Motivation and Emotion in Human Problem Solving 11. Jokes and the Logic of the Cognitive Unconscious 12. The Heuristic of George Polya and Its Relation to Artificial Intelligence 13. Problems of Representation in Heuristic Problem Solving: Related Issues in the Development of Expert Systems 14. Toward a Theory of Heuristics


    Edited by Rudolf Groner, Marina Groner and Walter F. Bischof University of Bern, Switzerland