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Information Flow : The Logic of Distributed Systems - Jon Barwise

Information Flow

The Logic of Distributed Systems

Hardcover Published: 28th July 1997
ISBN: 9780521583862
Number Of Pages: 292

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Information is a central topic in computer science, cognitive science, and philosophy. In spite of its importance in the "information age," there is no consensus on what information is, what makes it possible, and what it means for one medium to carry information about another. Drawing on ideas from mathematics, computer science, and philosophy, this book addresses the definition and place of information in society. The authors, observing that information flow is possible only within a connected distribution system, provide a mathematically rigorous, philosophically sound foundation for a science of information. They illustrate their theory by applying it to a wide range of phenomena, from file transfer to DNA, from quantum mechanics to speech act theory.

"This important interdisciplinary text is ideal for graduate students and researchers in mathematics, computer science, philosophy, linguistics, logic, and cognitive science." Computing Reviews "This iis an enjoyable book on information flow, an important recent topic in the study of logic, language and computation, enriching the science of information by a mathematically rigorous foundation." Mathematical Reviews "...two thumbs up..." Complexity "...an important book...useful...inspiring...accessible to most graduate students in logic, computer science, philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, and cognitive science. Everyone working in those areas will find material of interest in the book." Journal of Symbolic Logic

Preface
Introductionp. 1
Information Flow: A Reviewp. 3
Information Channels: An Overviewp. 26
A Simple Distributed Systemp. 50
Channel Theoryp. 67
Classifications and Infomorphismsp. 69
Operations on Classificationsp. 81
Distributed Systemsp. 89
Boolean Operations and Classificationsp. 98
State Spacesp. 103
Regular Theoriesp. 117
Operations on Theoriesp. 132
Boolean Operations and Theoriesp. 138
Local Logicsp. 149
Reasoning at a Distancep. 165
Representing Local Logicsp. 174
Distributed Logicsp. 182
Logics and State Spacesp. 195
Explorationsp. 201
Speech Actsp. 203
Vaguenessp. 211
Commonsense Reasoningp. 221
Representationp. 235
Quantum Logicp. 243
Answers to Selected Exercisesp. 256
Bibliographyp. 268
Glossary of Notationp. 270
Index of Definitionsp. 272
Index of Namesp. 274
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ISBN: 9780521583862
ISBN-10: 0521583861
Series: Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 28th July 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.85  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.54