Thursday, August 23, 2012

New at ORI Library: not exactly: in praise of vagueness

In this book, the author Kees van Deemter weaves mathematical logic, philosophy, linguistics and artificial intelligence into an intriguing account of the nature and importance of vagueness in our lives and the efforts of the scientists to capture and represent it. He discusses experiments that show how and why we communicate with vague languages and stresses the vital role of vagueness in designing computers that could engage with us in a human way. Through wide ranging narrative, punctuated by dialogues bringing major themes and ideas to life, Van Deemter shows how vagueness is central to our lives. The book is now available in the ORI Library.

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