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Manufacturer warranty may not apply. Learn more about Amazon International Store. About the Author Professor Bart Kosko has degrees in philosophy, economics, mathematics, and electrical engineering and is on the faculty of the University of Southern California.
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It's a good analogy, but we got it the first 4 times you mentioned it. Otherwise, a great read with a nice mix of tech and friendly writing. A disappointment. This book is a disappointment. Bart Kosko is an expert at Fuzzy Engineering, and when he writes about it, he has a lot to teach. Unfortunately, very little of this book is actually on that topic Section 3, chapters The rest of the book is a rambling account of ideas that fuzzy logic supposedly replaces, interspersed with bitter anecdotes about academic politics.
A low point in the book is chapter 5, entitled "Aristotle vs. In this chapter Kosko puts Aristotle forward as a champion of bivalent logic which he was , and the Buddha as a champion of fuzzy logic a dubious claim. He then proceeds to pan Aristotle not for flaws in his logic, but for flaws in his personality including political incorrectness! Similarly, he praises the Buddha for his personality, not for any contribution he made to logic.
As near as I could tell, this chapter was completely irrelevant, and I feel that the editor was negligent is his duties for having allowed this chapter into the book at all. Unfortunately, it's only one of many weaknesses in Kosko's writing that were not corrected in the editing. If you're looking for a book on fuzzy logic, I can't recommend this one. It spends too little time talking about what fuzzy logic is and what it's known to be good for, and too much time giving simplistic and unconvincing arguments about what bivalent logic and probability theory are supposedly no good for, or in wild speculation about what fuzzy logic might one day be good for.
The book isn't a total loss, but the useful parts are too few and far between to make this book worth sifting through. Unique look at science and unique technology. A special field of applied mathematics, computer programming, and mechanical engineering.
Must read. Bart Kosko is the leading proponent of fuzzy logic. If you want to understand what all the fuss is about, read this book. Fuzzy Logic challenges the old way of thinking. It addresses the marginal concepts of problems and perspectives. Great book I would love to have the author as a professor.
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Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic
It began with Nietzsche's attack on reason, absolute truth and the single point of view. Cubism introduced multiple perspective, Joyce's stream of consciousness brought the deconstruction of literary form and objectivity was undermined by the early existentialists. In science itself, the comfortable certitudes of classical physics gave way to relativity theory and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. A new paradigm, or world view, was being formed.
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He is notable as a researcher and popularizer of fuzzy logic , neural networks , and noise, and author of several trade books and textbooks on these and related subjects of machine intelligence. He is an attorney licensed in California and federal court, and worked part-time as a law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney 's Office. Kosko is a political and religious skeptic. He is a contributing editor of the libertarian periodical Liberty , where he has published essays on "Palestinian vouchers". Kosko's most popular book to date was the international best-seller Fuzzy Thinking , about man and machines thinking in shades of gray, and his most recent book was Noise. He has also published short fiction and the cyber-thriller novel Nanotime , about a possible World War III that takes place in two days of the year