Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic

Bart Kosko, Author Hyperion Books $24.95 (318p) ISBN 978-1-56282-839-4
Kosko , an engineering professor at the University of Southern California, makes a provocative new scientific paradigm intelligible to the general reader. Fuzzy logic posits a world in which absolutes, such as those implied in the words ``true'' and ``false , '' are less important and interesting than the matters of degree between them. ``Fuzziness is grayness,'' and ``the truth lies in the middle,'' according to Kosko, one of the pioneers of fuzzy logic theory, which he persuasively presents as a world view rooted more in Buddhist and Taoist assumptions than in the dichotomous Aristotelian tradition. He proposes FATs (Fuzzy Approximation Theorems) for the existence (and non-existence, as fuzziness demands) of God and as models of the abortion debate. In consumer terms, fuzzy logic is behind such ``smart'' machines as air conditioners and microwave ovens that gauge their operation to the conditions and demands of a given moment's task. Writing with style and risk, Kosko challenges assumptions, not about the existence of scientific authority, but about its nature. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/03/1993
Release date: 05/01/1993
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