It is clear that the techniques of artificial intelligence are useful for more than just the development of thinking machines; they constitute powerful problem-solving tools in their own right and expand the range of problems in science that can be tackled. AI methods can now be used on a routine basis by scientists in academic research as well as the commercial world, it is therefore vital that science students are exposed to, and understand these techniques.
This is the first book to present an introduction to AI methods for science undergraduates. The examples are drawn mainly from chemistry but the book is suited to a general scientific audience wanting to
know more about how computers can help to understand and interpret science.
'Hugh Cartwright has produced a stimulating and easy-to-read account of the use of Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry. This primer will interest all students (and their mentors) who wish to see how modern computational approaches can transform the methodology of science.'
Flash Science, March 1994
'This book is a welcome attempt to expound and explore the now rapidly expanding role of Al in chemistry. The book explains, in eminently straightforward language, how to treat a variety of problems that are 'so complex that they cannot be solved using any normal algorithm.'
D.H. Rouvray, Chemistry in Britain, June 1994
'This is an easy to read introduction to the subject of artificial intelligence and its development into neural networks, expert systems and genetic algorithms. The use of chemical examples and principles, as the vehicles for the computational parameters, opens the door to artificial intelligence for the non-expert computer literate scientist.'
Aslib Book Guide, vol. 59, no. 4, April 1994