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Logical Reasoning with Diagrams, Gerard Allwein and Jon Barwise, eds.



Journal of Logic, Language and Information 8: 387­390, 1999. Book Review Logical Reasoning with Diagrams, Gerard Allwein and Jon Barwise, eds., Studies in Logic and Computation, Oxford University Press, New York, 1996. Price: $55.00/£36.00, xvi + 270 pages, ISBN: 0-19-510427-7. In early 1986, as an undergraduate student, I had my first encounter with a Macintosh computer. I was overwhelmed, to put it mildly. This was the future. This was the 20th century way to organize and manipulate information. Forget about command-line interfaces or Hilbert-style proof systems. Now, well over a decade later, the Macintosh interface has been copied widely, the internet has taken off in a big way due to the availability of graphical interfaces and fast network connections, and visual programming and development tools abound. Scientifically, the visual revolution has led to novel research initiatives in logic and computing. The book under review documents some of the work carried out as part of one of the most significant of these initiatives: the Visual Inference Laboratory at Indiana University. This laboratory is a multi-disciplinary institute devoted to the study of the logical and cognitive properties of diagrams in reasoning, and to the development of computational tools to facilitate



"Journal of Logic, Language and Information"Springer Journals

Published: Jul 1, 1999

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008348918681

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