Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Online logic undergraduate course at Stanford

The Computer Science Department at Stanford University is creating online versions of many of their courses, to be distributed via the WWW. An introductory course on Logic, designed by Michael Genesereth, beginning on April 23 and running through June, has been made available online at http://www.coursera.org/intrologic. The course is free to anyone anywhere and will remain so in perpetuity.

His version differs from other introductions in that it starts with Herbrand semantics. Herbrand semantics makes the presentation of semantics much more accessible than in courses that start with Tarskian semantics. At the same time, the course remains rigorous. We present both a Natural Deduction proof system and a Resolution-based proof system based on this semantics. The online format of the course makes the material available to all. Also, it aims at improving education through the use of the medium. There are videos, notes, interactive exercises sprinkled throughout the videos and the notes; and there is a social network for students to use in communicating with each other and the instructors.

For more information, see http://www.coursera.org/intrologic

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