Logic programming has developed into a broad discipline within computing science. Besides its basic role as a declarative programming language, it is also contributing significantly to such fields as artificial intelligence, new-generation computing, software engineering and deductive databases. This new book presents the fundamentals of logic programming from both practical and theoretical viewpoints. It covers various extensions of the formalism, its relationship to Prolog, its formal semantics and its applications to program analysis and transformation. The text is illustrated with numerous diagrams. There are two distinguishing features of the book designed to make it adaptable to various forms of usage and accessible to various audiences. The material is organized into sixty modular themes, permitting many kinds of course to be based upon it; and it includes nearly seventy pages of detailed answers to all of the exercises posed in the themes.
This book should be of interest to any student in computer science.Zbl. Math.
'Examples and exercises (with answers) allow a leisurely but deep use of an enjoyable book.'
ASLIB Booklist, Vol. 56, no.5, May 1991
'contains an excellent account of the logical basis of logic programming ... The account is well motivated and illustrated with many examples ... one of the most comprehensive and accessible accounts of logic programming available today ... The book contains a large number of well-chosen exercises with complete answers, and I think it would make an ideal course text.'
Mike Spivey, Oxford University Computing Lab., Science of Computer Programming (Vol.17, Nos 1-3, December 1991'
Preface; Acknowledgements; Background (Themes 1-4); Overview (Themes 5-8); First-order logic (Themes 9-13); Clausal-form logic (Themes 14-18); Problem solving (Themes 19-22); The Herbrand domain (Themes 23-25); Resolution (Themes 26-30); Programming with SLD-resolution (Themes 31-39); Semantics of definite programs (Themes 48-53); Programming with finite failure (Themes 54-58); Verifying programs (Themes 59-60); Answers to exercises; Index
Series: Oxford Science Publications
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 20th December 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.14 x 15.49
Weight (kg): 0.53