So I am reading this book on artificial intelligence. I reckon its an “old school” kind of book… Artificial Intelligence, by Philip Jackson. Even when my head spins a bit from the mathematico-logical stuff filling the pages, I am struck by the casual and approachable style of the author. Maybe this makes ts a coffee table book on AI, but I don’t think this is truly the case. There is something of value in being able to communicate complex ideas in simple terms. Or to write in a scholarly, yet conversational tone. In fact, this seem to be a lost art in academic circles.
In a section early in the book discussing just what kinds of problems can be expressed mathematically, Jackson spins out “ooops, there’s another subatomic particle.” I figured that was a line you don’t run across everyday.