Logical and Computational Aspects of Model-Based Reasoning

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L. Magnani, Nancy Nersessian, Claudio Pizzi
Springer Netherlands, Sep 30, 2002 - Philosophy - 342 pages
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Information technology has been, in recent years, under increasing commercial pressure to provide devices and systems which help/ replace the human in his daily activity. This pressure requires the use of logic as the underlying foundational workhorse of the area. New logics were developed as the need arose and new foci and balance has evolved within logic itself. One aspect of these new trends in logic is the rising impor tance of model based reasoning. Logics have become more and more tailored to applications and their reasoning has become more and more application dependent. In fact, some years ago, I myself coined the phrase "direct deductive reasoning in application areas", advocating the methodology of model-based reasoning in the strongest possible terms. Certainly my discipline of Labelled Deductive Systems allows to bring "pieces" of the application areas as "labels" into the logic. I therefore heartily welcome this important book to Volume 25 of the Applied Logic Series and see it as an important contribution in our overall coverage of applied logic.

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Nancy Nersessian is Regents' Professor of Cognitive Science in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of "Faraday to Einstein: Constructing Meaning in Scientific Theories, " and numerous articles on the creative reasoning practices of scientists and on science learning.

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