Fuzzy Logic in Chemistry
Dennis H. Rouvray | 1997-03-27 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 364 | Analytic
Fuzzy Logic has gained increasing acceptance as a way to deal with complexity and uncertainty in many areas of science and engineering. This book is the first to address its practical applications to chemical systems. Ten distinguished authors discuss the role of fuzzy logic in the characterization of a variety of chemical concepts, including chirality, quantum systems, molecular engineering and design, and hierarchical classification methods. Fuzzy Logic in Chemistry will appeal to both students and professionals who are seeking to learn more about theory and applications in an area of growing importance to the physical sciences.
* The first book on the applications of fuzzy logic in chemistry
* Covers a topic relevant to many disciplines, including molecular design
* Discusses applications of fuzzy logic to the physical sciences, a rapidly growing area
* Features chapters from highly distinguished authors in the physical sciences
A surprising thing about this book is that it appears to be the first to use fuzzy logic in chemistry. Given that it was published in 1997, that seems rather late, since fuzzy logic was well established in computing and electric engineering in the 1980s.
Ah, but better late than never. Since most chemists have never dealt with fuzzy logic, the editor chose the wise step of having several research chemists write the chapters. Hopefully, this will ease acceptance of the method amongst chemists.
The subjects of the chapters tend to be hard, unsurprisingly. No softball simple textbook examples. Instead, we deal with issues like determining the shape of a large molecule, or the design of a drug.
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