2012-07-25

Remembering George A. Miller

George A. Miller, whose insight inspired the humble posts on this site, died on July 22, 2012. In a summary of his work at Kurzweil.net, mention is made of several achievements:
  • Extending Shannon's information theory to human memory constraints (the "magical number") 
  • Establishing psycholinguistics as a separate and legitimate area of study 
  • He and J.S. Bruner cofounded the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies, and later the Princeton Center for Cognitive Studies
  • Developer of WordNet, a "a large lexical database of English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept."
I carry WordNet on my netbook and use it several times a week. No doubt I will think of G.A.M. every time the app starts, and his insight so deceptively simple that became as powerful as poetry.  

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