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Ben Kuipers and Bob Wray agree that Peter Norvig's AI text is great, but note that it has only two authors: Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig. (Not Stuart, Russell, and Norvig. 'Sorry.) . Robert Goldman says that Peter's "Paradigms of AI Programming" is another best-in-class book, "still the best book on advanced Common Lisp and bread-and-butter AI programming out there!" [, , and , 02Dec98.]

Good CS-related books for philosophers (and the general public)? There are many, including Hofstadter's "Goedel, Escher, Bach" and (with Mitchell) "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies," Minsky's "Society of Minds," Stork's "HAL'S Legacy," and books by Dennett, Chomsky, Fodor, Thagard, Lakoff, Johnson-Laird, etc. (None would be universally recommended by other philosophers, of course.) Seth Russell likes Chalmers' "The Conscious Mind" and Devlin's "The Language of Mathematics." Jeff Iverson suggests "The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics," "After Thought: The Computer Challenge to Human Intelligence," "The Digital Phoenix: How Computers Are Changing Philosophy (Metaphilosophy)," and "Mind Matters: Exploring the World of Artificial Intelligence." David Newman suggests some older books: Shore's "The Sachertorte Algorithm," Schank's "The Cognitive Computer," Dreyfus' "What Computers Still Can't Do," or Haugeland's "Artificial Intelligence." [, , and ,, 30Nov98.] (Check Amazon for reviews.)

-- Ken