A Fascinating Country in the World of Computing: Your Guide to Automated Reasoning

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World Scientific, 1999 - Mathematics - 587 pages
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This book shows you — through examples and puzzles and intriguing questions — how to make your computer reason logically. To help you, the book includes a CD-ROM with OTTER, the world's most powerful general-purpose reasoning program. The automation of reasoning has advanced markedly in the past few decades, and this book discusses some of the remarkable successes that automated reasoning programs have had in tackling challenging problems in mathematics, logic, program verification, and circuit design. Because the intended audience includes students and teachers, the book provides many exercises (with hints and also answers), as well as tutorial chapters that gently introduce readers to the field of logic and to automated reasoning in general. For more advanced researchers, the book presents challenging questions, many of which are still unsolved.
 

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Contents

The Menu The Map and the Magic
1
Learning Logic by Example
29
Automated Reasoning in Full
63
Machines
98
Logic Circuit Design
107
Logic Circuit Validation
147
Research in Mathematics
165
Research in Formal Logic
211
The Formal Treatment of Automated Reasoning
255
Woss Biased Guide for the Effective Use of OTTER
309
An Authors Appraisal of His Papers
347
Open Questions Hard Problems Intriguing Challenges493
493
Epilogue and AfterDinner Liqueur
521
References
561
Index
571
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