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Goodbye, Descartes: The End of Logic and the Search for a New Cosmology of the Mind
Goodbye, Descartes: The End of Logic and the Search for a New Cosmology of the Mind Keith Devlin 0471251860 9780471251866 [Goodbye, Descartes] is certain to attract attention and controversy . . . a fascinating journey to the edge
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Goodbye, Descartes: The End of Logic and the Search for a New Cosmology of the Mind by Keith Devlin

[Goodbye, Descartes] is certain to attract attention and controversy . . . a fascinating journey to the edges of logical thinking and beyond._Publishers Weekly(P). A masterly survey of Aristotelian and Stoic logic, of George Booles 19th-century algebra of thought, [and] of the contemporary project to produce a talking computer._Wall Street Journal. Superb historical analysis of how mind and natural language came to be understood as products of a logic machine. . . . This is frontier science, conveyed by a practitioner who cares about and knows how to enliven the relevant history._Wilson Quarterly. What are the laws of thought that allow human beings to reason and communicate so effectively? Can rules of thought and language be written down and programmed into computers that will one day think and communicate as well as we do? In a lively and stimulating narrative, acclaimed author Keith Devlin chronicles scientists centuries-old quest to discover the laws of thought, from the astonishingly adept efforts of the ancient Greeks, to the invention of the first primitive thinking machine in the late nineteenth century, to radical findings that are challenging the very notion that the mind follows logical rules. A Selection of the Newbridge Library of Science and Readers Subscription

Author: Keith Devlin

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Wiley

Publication Date: 1998-02-01

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