Review of Artificial Intelligence: A Knowledge-Based Approach

Joseph Montanarella


To be considered exceptional, a textbook must satisfy three basic requirements. First, it must be authoritative, written by one with a broad range of experience in, and knowledge of, a subject. Second, it must effectively communicate to the reader, in the same manner in which a course instructor must be capable of imparting knowledge to students in a classroom. Third, it must stimulate the reader into thinking more deeply about the subject and into viewing it from fresh perspectives. In Artificial Intelligence: A Knowledge-Based Approach (Boyd and Fraser, Boston, 740 pp., $48.95), author Morris W. Firebaugh has succeeded in meeting each of these requirements.

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