a branch of logic designed to allow degrees of imprecision in reasoning and knowledge
NAZARETH, Pa. (PRWEB) September 14, 2012
Mathematics is filled with concepts that require one to think outside the box, and in her informative new learning guide, “Is Fuzzy Logic for Real? A Brief Introduction” (published by Trafford Publishing), mathematics professor emeritus Luisa N. McAllister reaches out to math majors looking for a broader understanding of the concept of fuzzy logic.
Introduced by Dr. Lotfi Zadeh in the 1960s, fuzzy logic is defined as “a branch of logic designed to allow degrees of imprecision in reasoning and knowledge,” and typically uses terms like “very,” “unlikely” and “quite possibly.”
After teaching a month-long seminar on fuzzy logic, McAllister was urged by her students to write an introductory book on the topic, who gave her their notes at the end of the course to use for source material.
“Its value is primarily as an introduction,” McAllister says of her book. “It always refers the reader to other texts where more information is provided or to articles that are written by well-respected researchers that expand on the value of a specific topic.”
When asked what she wants readers to take away from her writing, McAllister’s answer is simple: She wants them to know “that fuzzy logic is interesting and challenging.”
About the Author
Luisa N. McAllister received a doctorate in mathematical sciences from the University of Rome, Italy, in 1957. She then went to the University California at Berkeley, where she specialized in studying numerical methods and computer science under the direction of professor R. De Vogelaere. After moving to the East Coast, she taught applied numerical analysis and real analysis for the University of Delaware extension at the Aberdeen Ballistic Laboratory and Linear Algebra for the University of Maryland extension at the Aberdeen Ballistic Laboratory. She also taught at Towson State University. Finally, moving to Bethlehem, Pa., in 1965, McAllister joined the mathematics department of Moravian College. She was promoted to professor in 1981 and retired in March 2001.
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