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An introduction to various formal logics, the theory of automata, and the theoretical limitations of the computer.
This course takes a tour through some of the rigorous mathematical foundations of modern computer science and logic. Do not let the word “rigorous” scare you off – any student who possesses basic number skills, a healthy desire to grapple with abstract concepts, and perseverance may do well.The first half of the course will take a close look at the concept of logical deduction. Lectures will be drawn from the following topics: natural deduction, soundness and completeness of formal systems, interpretations, intuitionistic logic, and links between proof and computation. Lectures for the second half of the course outline formal models of computation. We will cover topics from the following list: formal languages, finite-state automata, Turing machines, register machines, Markov algorithms, grammars, cellular automata, recursive functions, lambda calculus, other computation models, undecidability.
have developed an appreciation for the mathematical foundations of computation have insight into the way humans reason have developed skills in informal and formal reasoning understand some fundamental ideas concerning proof, proof checking, and proof search understand the links between different computation models be convinced that computers, despite their amazing computing power, have fundamental limitations
15 points from MATH102-199, and a further 15 points from 100 level COSC, EMTH, MATH, PHIL or STAT courses, excluding COSC110 and MATH101.
MATH208, MATH308, PHIL208 (prior to 2014), PHIL210, PHIL308 (prior to 2014).
General information for students
Domestic fee $788.00
International fee $4,438.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Mathematics and Statistics