Studies in Cognitive Systems

Program Verification

Fundamental Issues in Computer Science

Editors: Colburn, Timothy, Fetzer, J.H., Rankin, R.L. (Eds.)

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Among the most important problems confronting computer science is that of developing a paradigm appropriate to the discipline. Proponents of formal methods - such as John McCarthy, C.A.R. Hoare, and Edgar Dijkstra - have advanced the position that computing is a mathematical activity and that computer science should model itself after mathematics. Opponents of formal methods - by contrast, suggest that programming is the activity which is fundamental to computer science and that there are important differences that distinguish it from mathematics, which therefore cannot provide a suitable paradigm.
Disagreement over the place of formal methods in computer science has recently arisen in the form of renewed interest in the nature and capacity of program verification as a method for establishing the reliability of software systems. A paper that appeared in Communications of the ACM entitled, `Program Verification: The Very Idea', by James H. Fetzer triggered an extended debate that has been discussed in several journals and that has endured for several years, engaging the interest of computer scientists (both theoretical and applied) and of other thinkers from a wide range of backgrounds who want to understand computer science as a domain of inquiry.
The editors of this collection have brought together many of the most interesting and important studies that contribute to answering questions about the nature and the limits of computer science. These include early papers advocating the mathematical paradigm by McCarthy, Naur, R. Floyd, and Hoare (in Part I), others that elaborate the paradigm by Hoare, Meyer, Naur, and Scherlis and Scott (in Part II), challenges, limits and alternatives explored by C. Floyd, Smith, Blum, and Naur (in Part III), and recent work focusing on formal verification by DeMillo, Lipton, and Perlis, Fetzer, Cohn, and Colburn (in Part IV). It provides essential resources for further study.
This volume will appeal to scientists, philosophers, and laypersons who want to understand the theoretical foundations of computer science and be appropriately positioned to evaluate the scope and limits of the discipline.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Computer Science and Philosophy

    Colburn, Timothy R.

    Pages 3-31

  • Towards a Mathematical Science of Computation

    McCarthy, J.

    Pages 35-56

  • Proof of Algorithms by General Snapshots

    Naur, Peter

    Pages 57-64

  • Assigning Meanings to Programs

    Floyd, Robert W.

    Pages 65-81

  • An Axiomatic Basis for Computer Programming

    Hoare, C. A. R.

    Pages 83-96

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Program Verification
Book Subtitle
Fundamental Issues in Computer Science
Editors
  • Timothy Colburn
  • J.H. Fetzer
  • R.L. Rankin
Series Title
Studies in Cognitive Systems
Series Volume
14
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-1793-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-1793-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-1965-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-4789-0
Series ISSN
0924-0780
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 458
Topics