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4 February 1982
Minds and Mechanisms: Philosophical Psychology and Computational Models 
by Margaret Boden.
Harvester, 311 pp., £20, October 1981, 0 7108 0005 3
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... MargaretBoden’s somewhat breathless book sings the praises of the new ‘computational’ models in psychology and of what she rightly calls ‘the computational metaphor’. A feature of her writing is the ...
21 February 1980
Piaget 
by Margaret Boden.
Fontana, 174 pp., £1.25, September 1980, 0 00 635537 4
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Théories du Langage. Théories de l’Apprentissage. Le débat entre Jean Piaget et Noam Chomsky 
edited by Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini.
Seuil, 538 pp.
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... the breadth of his work. They tend to concentrate either on the psychological or on the philosophical side of his theory and to leave the rest well alone. Breadth, however, is the great strength of MargaretBoden’s introduction to Piaget. In a short but extremely versatile book* she deals with the psychological, philosophical, mathematical and biological sides of his work simply and competently. She ...
7 July 1994
The Astounding Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul 
by Francis Crick.
Simon and Schuster, 317 pp., £16.99, May 1994, 9780671711580
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... obeying instructions to place green pyramids on top of red cubes, or whatever) irrespective of whether this was how real brains worked. This ‘top-down’ approach was once memorably encapsulated by MargaretBoden as ‘You don’t need brains to be brainy.’ The silicon chemistry of the microchip could effectively incarnate (or better, I suppose, inmachinate) the carbon chemistry of the neurons. The ...

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4 January 2001
A Dedicated Follower of Fashion 
by Holly Brubach.
Phaidon, 232 pp., £19.95, October 1999, 9780714838878
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Fashion Today 
by Colin McDowell.
Phaidon, 511 pp., £39.95, September 2000, 0 7148 3897 7
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Fashion and Its Social Agendas: Class, Gender and Society in Clothing 
by Diana Crane.
Chicago, 294 pp., £19, August 2000, 0 226 11798 7
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Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries 
by Avril Hart and Susan North.
Victoria & Albert Museum, 223 pp., £19.95, October 2000, 1 85177 258 8
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Don We Now Our Gay Appalrel: Gay Men’s Dress in the 20th Century 
by Shuan Cole.
Berg, 224 pp., £42.99, September 2000, 1 85973 415 4
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The Gallery of Fashion 
by Aileen Ribeiro.
Princeton, 256 pp., £60, November 2000, 0 691 05092 9
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Giorgio Armani 
by Germano Celant and Harold Koda.
Abrams, 392 pp., £40, October 2000, 0 8109 6927 0
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... the women pictured in the book expose neck dimples, if not deep décolletage. Those who do not, whether the Duchess of Windsor in a triple-pearl choker, Dorothy Sayers in a mannish coat and tie or Margaret Thatcher in high pie-crust frills, send messages about power rather than vulnerability. One of the most striking portraits in the book juxtaposes two images of female exposure and protection. Dame ...

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