Author: Arturo Sangalli
Publisher: Princeton University Press (1998)
Condition: Minor edgewear to the DJ, with light shelfrubbing. Very Good copy. Excellent binding, the pages are clean and unmarked.
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2 cm
Similar techniques have been used in fields as diverse as medical diagnosis, image understanding by robots, the engineering of automatic transmissions, and the forecasting of currency exchange rates. Sangalli also explores in his characteristically clear and engaging manner the limits of classical computing, reviewing many of the central ideas of Turing and Godel.
He shows us how "genetic algorithms" can solve problems by an evolutionary process in which chance plays a fundamental role. He introduces us to "neural networks," which recognize ill-defined patterns without an explicit set
of rules--much as a dog can be trained to scent drugs without ever having an exact definition of "drug."
Sangalli argues that even though "fuzziness" and related concepts are often compared to human thinking, they can be understood only through mathematics--but the math he uses in the book is straightforward and easy to grasp.
Of equal appeal to specialists and the general reader, The Importance of Being Fuzzy reveals how computer science is changing both the nature of mathematical practice and the shape of the world around us.