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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Suggested Books of the Week 42, 2017

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press

Artificial Intelligence - Foundations of Computational Agents

Artificial Intelligence 
Foundations of Computational Agents
Recent decades have witnessed the emergence of artificial intelligence as a serious science and engineering discipline. This textbook, aimed at junior to senior undergraduate students and first-year graduate students, presents artificial intelligence (AI) using a coherent framework to study the design of intelligent computational agents. By showing how basic approaches fit into a multidimensional design space, readers can learn the fundamentals without losing sight of the bigger picture. The book balances theory and experiment, showing how to link them intimately together, and develops the science of AI together with its engineering applications...
The text is supported by an online learning environment, AIspace,, so that students can experiment with the main AI algorithms plus problems, animations, lecture slides, and a knowledge representation system, AIlog, for experimentation and problem solving.

The Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence 

The Cambridge Handbook  
of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding, modeling, and creating intelligence of various forms. It is a critical branch of cognitive science, and its influence is increasingly being felt in other areas, including the humanities. AI applications are transforming the way we interact with each other and with our environment, and work in artificially modeling intelligence is offering new insights into the human mind and revealing new forms mentality can take...
With a focus on theory rather than technical and applied issues, the volume will be valuable not only to people working in AI, but also to those in other disciplines wanting an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to the field.
  • Accessible and student-friendly, focusing on key topics and avoiding technical jargon 
  • Includes supporting material, such as annotated chapter-specific further reading sections and an extensive glossary 
  • Provides concise, authoritative, and up-to-date coverage of a rapidly developing and expand

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art 

An Introduction to  
the Philosophy of Art
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art is a clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and value of art, including in its scope literature, painting, sculpture, music, dance, architecture, movies, conceptual art and performance art. This second edition incorporates significant new research on topics including pictorial depiction, musical expression, conceptual art, Hegel, and art and society... 
This importance is further elaborated in discussions of artistic beauty, originality, imagination and criticism. His accessible study will be invaluable to students of philosophy of art and aesthetics.
  •  This new second edition incorporates significant new research from the last ten years, as well as an updated bibliography, a new introduction, and new research on topics including pictorial depiction, musical expression, conceptual art, Hegel, and art and society
  • Presents recent work on topics such as the controversies about Mapplethorpe, Finley, et al., and attention to newer forms of conceptual and performance art 
  • Combines classical and contemporary philosophy, literary theory, and art criticism

Introduction to Game Theory: A Behavioral Approach 

Introduction to Game Theory:  
A Behavioral Approach
This book is an introduction to game theory but differs from other introductory game theory texts by taking a behavioural approach.
  • Extensive problem sets and sample exams
  • Glossary of terms
  • Supplemental lecture material
  • Numerical examples for all exercises in the text
  • Major concepts highlighted
  • Introduces technical material in an easy to understand style
  • Includes a wide range of experiments with diverse experimental designs
  • Lively examples used to illustrate key concepts
  • Problem sets contain a wealth of additional material from experimental and game theory literature
  • Accessible to a lay audience
  • Cover game theory concepts up to and including Bayesian Nash equilibrium
  • Includes key terms and concepts for behavioral game theory (which differs from standard game theory)
  • Includes in class experiments that correspond to key concepts in the book

Algorithms - Design and Analysis 

Design and Analysis
Algorithms: Design and Analysis is a textbook designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students of computer science engineering, information technology, and computer applications. The book offers adequate mix of both theoretical and mathematical treatment of the concepts. It covers the basics, design techniques, advanced topics and applications of algorithms. The book will also serve as a useful reference for researchers and practising programmers who intend to pursue a career in algorithm designing. The book is also indented for students preparing for campus interviews and competitive examinations.
  • Offers in-depth treatment of topics such as complexity analysis, design paradigms, data structures, and machine learning algorithms
  • Introduces topics like Decrease and Conquer, Transform and Conquer and PSpace along with standards paradigms 
  • Explains numerical methods including Euclids theorem and Chinese Remainder Theorem and also reviews essential mathematical concepts 
  • Provides points-to-remember and a list of key terms at the end of each chapter which will help readers to quickly recollect important concepts 
  • Exercises given at the end of each chapter and in the Appendix 10 would help students prepare for their examinations and job interviews

The Multiple Realization Book 

The Multiple
Realization Book
Thomas W. Polger and Lawrence A. Shapiro offer the first full investigation of multiple realization—the idea that minds can be realized in ways other than the human brain. They cast doubt on the hypothesis and offer an alternative framework for understanding explanations in the cognitive sciences, and in chemistry, biology, and related fields.
  • Essential reading for philosophers and scientists working on mind and brain
  • Illuminated by case studies from recent scientific results
  • Presents the historical and philosophical context of the debate
  • Clearly organised, and concise
  • Includes a Guide for Teaching and Learning, comprising of questions to prompt and direct discussion, and suggestions for additional reading
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Source: Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press

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