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Introduction to Logic (Lagunita)

Monday, September 26, 2016 to Monday, December 12, 2016


This course is an introduction to Logic from a computational perspective. It shows how to encode information in the form of logical sentences; it shows how to reason with information in this form; and it provides an overview of logic technology and its applications - in mathematics, science, engineering, business, law, and so forth.

The course was originally designed for use at the college level. However, experience has shown that it works for secondary school students as well, and it can be used at the start of graduate school for those who have not yet seen the material.


There are just two prerequisites. The course presumes that the student understands sets and set operations, such as union, intersection, and so forth. It also presumes that the student is comfortable with symbolic manipulation, as used, for example, in solving high-school algebra problems. Nothing else is required.


Michael Genesereth

Michael Genesereth is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. He received his Sc.B. in Physics from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. Prof. Genesereth is most known for his work on computational logic and applications of that work in enterprise computing, computational law, and general game playing. He has taught logic for many years at Stanford and offers an annual massive online course on logic that has reached over 500,000 students. He is the current director of the Logic Group at Stanford and founder and research director of CodeX (The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics).


Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, the text Introduction to Logic is provided in the online material. However, you can purchase a printed version (published by Morgan-Claypool) if you’d like.

Is it possible to earn a Statement of Accomplishment for this class?

Yes. A Statement of Accomplishment will be given to participants who earn an overall score of 70% or higher in the course.