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Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic Paperback – 10 Oct 1994


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New edition edition (10 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006547133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006547136
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than 2000 years, Western science has been based on absolutes. Things are black or white, alive or dead, all or nothing. As human beings we know the world is not really like this, that degrees exist between the extremes. But until now science has been unable to accommodate these uncertainties. Fuzzy logic is a scientific revolution that has been waiting to happen for decades – and its central tenets will dramatically change the relationship human beings have with the world. The question is to what degree.

In this absorbing, iconoclastic account of the head-spinning possibilities for fuzzy technology, Bart Kosko, fuzzy logic's most famous and combative apostle, urges us to abandon the debilitating binary world and turn to the East, for the future will be 'fuzzy'.

‘One day I learned that science was not true. I do not recall the day but I recall the moment. The God of the twentieth century was no longer God.’

"An exciting alternative form of logic"
TIM CRANE, 'Sunday Telegraph'

"'Fuzzy Thinking' is about… a radically different way of structuring our thoughts and experience … that transforms our perception of reality."
DANAH ZOHAR, 'Independent on Sunday'

"'Fuzzy Logic' works… It will become a significant technological force"
MICHAEL WHITE, 'The Times'

"Bart Kosko is an extraordinary and polymathic combination of talents"
PROFESSOR MARVIN MINSKY, 'MIT'

"Bart Kosko is the quintessential scientific cyberpunk – a hip, street-smart prophet of life in the Information Age"
LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Fuzzy Logic is the cocaine of science"
PROFESSOR WILLIAM KAHAN, 'UC Berkeley'


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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Sept. 1999
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Fuzzy logic is an important new branch of science which will have an increasing effect on all of our lives. Ben Kosko spoils what could have been a fascinating study of subject by spending too much time talking about Buddhist philosophy, criticising academic establishments for not funding his research and branding other branches of science as fundamentally flawed because they have not needed to use his beloved fuzzy logic.
When he finally gets round to it, he explains the basics of fuzzy logic clearly. The examples of fuzzy controls systems that he discusses are well suited to illustrate the basics of the subject but are too trivial to be the only detailed examples given. A discussion of more complex systems would have been welcome.
If you only have time to read one book about fuzzy logic forget this one.
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A great introduction and explanation of fuzzy logic. I also love the mental image of the hot tub in the avocado grove where the author meditates on maths and fuzzy thinking. If I gain my Masters, maybe I can have a hot tub in an avocado grove too. :)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Neil Hooson Jnr on 14 Jan. 2002
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Until I encountered this book I had know idea what fuzzy logic was. I believe the book has been written, primarily, for those who have little or know knowledge of fuzzy logic.
I found the book to be fascinating and stimulating introduction and I would recommend it to anyone who is ignorant of the subject. I would also recommend to those who have an interest in philosophy, Buddhism and science.
When I read the book it caused dramatic paradigm shifts and it altered my who view of the world. I am no expert on the subject of fuzzy logic, so I cannot comfortably recommend it to any one who has any more than a vaguest notion of this fascinating subject, since it is unlikely they will find it as stimulating and enlightening as I.
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Read this many years ago, misplaced it and have just reread it. Simple ideas that get much more fun when applied to society and government. Enjoy.
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