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The Resource Mechanizing proof : computing, risk, and trust, Donald MacKenzie, (electronic resource)

Mechanizing proof : computing, risk, and trust, Donald MacKenzie, (electronic resource)

Label
Mechanizing proof : computing, risk, and trust
Title
Mechanizing proof
Title remainder
computing, risk, and trust
Statement of responsibility
Donald MacKenzie
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation:
Cataloging source
DLC
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MacKenzie, Donald A
Dewey number
004/.2/1
LC call number
QA76.76.R44
LC item number
M36 2001
Series statement
Inside technology
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  • Computer systems
  • Computers and civilization
Summary expansion
Most aspects of our private and social lives -- our safety, the integrity of the financial system, the functioning of utilities and other services, and national security -- now depend on computing. But how can we know that this computing is trustworthy? In Mechanizing Proof, Donald MacKenzie addresses this key issue by investigating the interrelations of computing, risk, and mathematical proof over the last half century from the perspectives of history and sociology. His discussion draws on the technical literature of computer science and artificial intelligence and on extensive interviews with participants.MacKenzie argues that our culture now contains two ideals of proof: proof as traditionally conducted by human mathematicians, and formal, mechanized proof. He describes the systems constructed by those committed to the latter ideal and the many questions those systems raise about the nature of proof. He looks at the primary social influence on the development of automated proof -- the need to predict the behavior of the computer systems upon which human life and security depend -- and explores the involvement of powerful organizations such as the National Security Agency. He concludes that in mechanizing proof, and in pursuing dependable computer systems, we do not obviate the need for trust in our collective human judgment
Label
Mechanizing proof : computing, risk, and trust, Donald MacKenzie, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-418) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1 -- Knowing Computers 1 -- 2 -- Boardwalks across the Tar Pit 23 -- 3 -- Artificial Mathematicians? 63 -- 4 -- Eden Defiled 101 -- S -- Covert Channels 151 -- 6 -- Social Processes and Category Mistakes 197 -- 7 -- Clocks and Chips 219 -- 8 -- Logics, Machines, and Trust 257 -- 9 -- Machines, Proofs, and Cultures 299 -- Notes 335 -- Index 419
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000200180
Dimensions
24 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xi, 427 p.
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780262133937
Isbn Type
(HC : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001018687
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000200180
Label
Mechanizing proof : computing, risk, and trust, Donald MacKenzie, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-418) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1 -- Knowing Computers 1 -- 2 -- Boardwalks across the Tar Pit 23 -- 3 -- Artificial Mathematicians? 63 -- 4 -- Eden Defiled 101 -- S -- Covert Channels 151 -- 6 -- Social Processes and Category Mistakes 197 -- 7 -- Clocks and Chips 219 -- 8 -- Logics, Machines, and Trust 257 -- 9 -- Machines, Proofs, and Cultures 299 -- Notes 335 -- Index 419
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000200180
Dimensions
24 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xi, 427 p.
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780262133937
Isbn Type
(HC : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001018687
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000200180

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