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Computational Logic and Human Thinking
How to Be Artificially Intelligent

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  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521194822

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  • The practical benefits of computational logic need not be limited to mathematics and computing. As this book shows, ordinary people in their everyday lives can profit from the recent advances that have been developed for artificial intelligence. The book draws upon related developments in various fields from philosophy to psychology and law. It pays special attention to the integration of logic with decision theory, and the use of logic to improve the clarity and coherence of communication in natural languages such as English. This book is essential reading for teachers and researchers who may be out of touch with the latest developments in computational logic. It will also be useful in any undergraduate course that teaches practical thinking, problem solving or communication skills. Its informal presentation makes the book accessible to readers from any background, but optional, more formal, chapters are also included for those who are more technically oriented.

    • Gives an accessible overview of the field of artificial intelligence
    • Makes the problem solving techniques of mathematics and computing available to students in any subject
    • Numerous examples from various academic disciplines provide a bridge to related work in other fields
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Computational Logic and Human Thinking is a superb introduction both to AI from within a computational logic framework and to its application to human rationality and reasoning. Nothing else comes close. Kowalski writes with philosophical insight and just the right level of technical expertise. He puts the excitement back in AI. This sets Computational Logic and Human Thinking apart from the technically overwhelming, and all too often largely unintuitive and uninspiring, encyclopedic introductions that currently dominate the field.
    Thomas A. Blackson, Arizona State University

    "Artificial Intelligence (or AI) tries to program computers so that they can think intelligently like humans. In this book, one of the pioneers of AI suggests something new and original, namely to use the results of AI to improve human thinking … Anyone who wants to reason better and more effectively in everyday life should study Robert Kowalski’s book."
    Donald Gillies, University College London

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521194822
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Summary and plan of the book
    1. Logic on the Underground
    2. The psychology of logic
    3. The fox and the crow
    4. Search
    5. Negation as failure
    6. How to become a British citizen
    7. The louse and the Mars explorer
    8. Maintenance goals as the driving force of life
    9. The meaning of life
    10. Abduction
    11. The prisoner's dilemma
    12. Motivations matter
    13. The changing world
    14. Logic and objects
    15. Biconditionals
    16. Computational logic and the selection task
    17. Meta-logic
    Conclusions of the book

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Computational Thinking
    • Fundamental of Artificial Intelliegence
    • Geosimulation: Agent-Based Modeling
    • Human and Machine Inference
    • Informatics
    • Intelligence Analysis I
  • Author

    Robert Kowalski, Imperial College London
    Robert Kowalski is Emeritus Professor and Research Investigator in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. He recently received the IJCAI 2011 Award for Research Excellence for his contributions to logic for knowledge representation and problem solving, including his pioneering work on automated theorem proving and logic programming.

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