First-Order Logic and Automated Theorem Proving

  • Melvin Fitting

Part of the Graduate Texts in Computer Science book series (TCS)

Table of contents

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About this book


There are many kinds of books on formal logic. Some have philosophers as their intended audience, some mathematicians, some computer scien­ tists. Although there is a common core to all such books, they will be very different in emphasis, methods, and even appearance. This book is intended for computer scientists. But even this is not precise. Within computer science formal logic turns up in a number of areas, from pro­ gram verification to logic programming to artificial intelligence. This book is intended for computer scientists interested in automated theo­ rem proving in classical logic. To be more precise yet, it is essentially a theoretical treatment, not a how-to book, although how-to issues are not neglected. This does not mean, of course, that the book will be of no interest to philosophers or mathematicians. It does contain a thorough presentation of formal logic and many proof techniques, and as such it contains all the material one would expect to find in a course in formal logic covering completeness but, not incompleteness issues. The first item to be addressed is, What are we talking about and why are we interested in it? We are primarily talking about truth as used in mathematical discourse, and our interest in it is, or should be, self­ evident. Truth is a semantic concept, so we begin with models and their properties. These are used to define our subject.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Melvin Fitting
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Lehman CollegeThe City of New York UniversityBronxUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7515-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2360-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-0941
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-095X
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