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    Logic and Information (Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science (Hardcover)) (Hardback) By (author) Keith J. Devlin

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    DescriptionIntelligence can be characterised both as the ability to absorb and process information and as the ability to reason. Humans and other animals have both of these abilities to a greater or lesser degree, but the search for artificial intelligence has been hampered by our inability to create a theory that covers both of these characteristics. In this provocative and ground-breaking book, Professor Keith Devlin argues that to obtain a deeper understanding of the nature of intelligence and knowledge acquisition, we must broaden our concept of logic. For these purposes, Devlin introduces the concept of the infon, a quantum of information, and merges it with situations, a mathematical construction generalising the notion of sets developed by Barwise and Perry at Stanford University in order to study the meaning of natural languages. He develops and describes the theory here in general and intuitive terms, and discusses its relevance to a variety of concerns such as artificial intelligence, cognition, natural language and communication.


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    Title
    Logic and Information
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Keith J. Devlin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521410304
    ISBN 10: 0521410304
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COM
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.3T
    BIC subject category V2: UYQ
    BISAC V2.8: COM031000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16320
    DC22: 003.54
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 227
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: UN
    Ingram Subject Code: XG
    Libri: I-XG
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: COM051010, COM052000
    DC22: 003/.54
    B&T Approval Code: A10603000, A93260000
    DC20: 003.54
    LC classification: Q360 .D48 1991
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    Thema V1.0: GBC, UYQ, UB, UN
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 October 1991
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'It is exciting to see a mathematician of Devlin's calibre joining the endeavour, and wonderful to have someone with his expository abilities explaining the work to others. His book Logic and Information is an important milestone in fulfilling this old hope.' Jon Barwise '... the fascinating account of a mathematician's views on how true mathematics - and not just a formalisation of it - can be used to model reality.' New Scientist ' ... can be recommended to anyone who has recognized the need for a better understanding of the nature of information.' The Computer Journal 'The ideas in this fascinating, challenging, but speculative book are set forth with clarity and wit that does them justice.' D. V. Feldman, Choice
    Back cover copy
    In this provocative and ground-breaking book, Professor Keith Devlin argues that in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the nature of intelligence and knowledge acquisition, we must broaden our concept of logic.
    Table of contents
    1. Logic; 2. Information; 3. Situation theory; 4. Meaning and constraints; 5. Some logical issues; 6. Mental states; 7. Perception and action; 8. Situation semantics; 9. Topics in situation semantics; 10. Historical perspectives and future directions.