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    DescriptionMost aspects of our private and social lives -- our safety, the integrity of the financial system, the functioning of utilities and other services, and national security -- now depend on computing. But how can we know that this computing is trustworthy? In Mechanizing Proof, Donald MacKenzie addresses this key issue by investigating the interrelations of computing, risk, and mathematical proof over the last half century from the perspectives of history and sociology. His discussion draws on the technical literature of computer science and artificial intelligence and on extensive interviews with participants.MacKenzie argues that our culture now contains two ideals of proof: proof as traditionally conducted by human mathematicians, and formal, mechanized proof. He describes the systems constructed by those committed to the latter ideal and the many questions those systems raise about the nature of proof. He looks at the primary social influence on the development of automated proof -- the need to predict the behavior of the computer systems upon which human life and security depend -- and explores the involvement of powerful organizations such as the National Security Agency. He concludes that in mechanizing proof, and in pursuing dependable computer systems, we do not obviate the need for trust in our collective human judgment.


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    Title
    Mechanizing Proof
    Subtitle
    Computing, Risk, and Trust
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donald MacKenzie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 440
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 600 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262632959
    ISBN 10: 0262632950
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: PDR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, COM014000
    Ingram Subject Code: XG
    Libri: I-XG
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC classification: QA76.76.R4
    DC22: 004.21
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QA76.76.R44 M36 2004
    Thema V1.0: PDR
    Illustrations note
    48 illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    02 March 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Donald MacKenzie is Professor of Sociology (Personal Chair) at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Inventing Accuracy (1990), Knowing Machines (1996), and Mechanizing Proof (2001), all published by the MIT Press. Portions of An Engine, not a Camera won the Viviana A. Zelizer Prize in economic sociology from the American Sociological Association.
    Review quote
    "A most readable account of how program verification came to promise so much and deliver so little." - Richard Clayton, The Times Higher Education Supplement"