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1995: The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks and 1999: The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS)

It’s our 30th post of the series! Today, we’re covering both The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks edited by Michael A Arbib and The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS) edited by Robert A. Wilson and Frank C. Keil.


The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks

The following is an excerpt from a review of The Handbook that appeared in the March 2000 issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology:

“According to the editors, this volume was inspired by two questions: ‘How does the brain work?’ and ‘How can we build intelligent machines?’…

The book provides brain researchers and students with quick entry into the field of brain function and artificial neural networks.”




The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS)

MITECS received wonderful blurbs, as follows:

“At last, a thorough, authoritative source for work in the cognitive sciences. Take the most important topics in the study of cognition, ask the world's top authorities to summarize the state of the art, and you have it: The MIT Encyclopedia. I have already used it to learn, to browse, to inform, to teach, and to update my own understanding. It doesn't matter which end you seek: the book will frequently be in use.”
Donald A. Norman, The Nielsen Norman Group; Professor Emeritus, Department of Cognitive Science, UC, San Diego; and author of The Invisible Computer

“The Cognitive Sciences emerged in recognition of the fact that scholars and scientists in many different fields shared common problems and needed to collaborate. Now at last The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences has provided a forum large enough for that interaction to occur—a forum that will not only facilitate cooperation but will educate a new generation of cognitive scientists."
George Miller, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Princeton University


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