Logic in Computer Science: Modelling and Reasoning about Systems Hardcover – 9 Dec 1999
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'This is an excellent textbook on logic and formal methods which is very suitable for computer science students… discusses the whole range from logic to applications: propositional and predicate logic, temporal logic and more generally model logic, program verification, model checking, and symbolic model checking using binary decision diagrams … As any good textbook, this book is not only to be recommended for students but for anyone who is interested in applications of logic in computer science.' Theory and Practice of Logic Programming
'… an unusual, inspiring and remarkable book … one can find in it all the material which is suitable for undergraduate and beginning graduate students in computer science and electrical engineering who will profit by using it in their professional activities in the near future.' Marat M. Arslanov, Zentralblatt MATH
This is a sound introduction to logic and the logical frameworks used in modelling, specifying and verifying computer systems. It provides a simple and clear presentation of a carefully chosen core of essential terminology: further technicalities are introduced only where they are required by the applications. Numerous examples are given, and web support is available from http:www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/lics.
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Each chapter is supplemented with exercises. Not all of the questions have answers available, but a fair number of them do. Full answers are only available to lecturers from the author, so you may be able to get your lecturer to ask for a copy, if you are a university student.
I would highly recommend this book to people interested in this particular subject. It would have been better to have more answers in the back, though.
In fact, the authors spend a lot of time on well-known basic notions of propositional and predicate logic, but actually they do the opposite with other arguments, like grammars and authomata theory, which are instead widely unknown between beginner graduate students of logic.
But consider now to ignore the unpleasant disposition of arguments: a general sensation of mess remains. In fact, concepts are explained as in a novel, with a lot of natural language, entailing a great difficulty in separating what is really important from what is only a corollary. It is almost impossible to skim on the text looking for a particular definition or theorem, becouse of this aspect.
I had a quite bad feeling with this book; for this reason I discourage its reading and studying.
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Half the book is on logic, half on model checking. I've only read the logic part so far, so I cannot compare the model checking treatment to that in Clarke et al.'s "Model Checking."
The logic treatment is not specific to computer science (or at least did not seem to be so, for someone not a student of mathematics and logic), so in my opinion the title is a misnomer; perhaps a better title would be "Logic for People, and Model Checking Too."