Diagrammatic Reasoning: Cognitive and Computational Perspectives
Janice Glasgow, N. Hari Narayanan, B. ChandrasekaranISBN: 0262571129; 9780262571128;
foreword by Herbert Simon "Understanding diagrammatic thinking will be of special importance to those who design human-computer interfaces, where the diagrams presented on computer screens must find their way to the Mind's Eye. . . . In a society that is preoccupied with `Information Superhighways,' a deep understanding of diagrammatic reasoning will be essential to keep the traffic moving." -- Herbert Simon Diagrammatic reasoning -- the understanding of concepts and ideas by the use of diagrams and imagery, as opposed to linguistic or algebraic representations -- not only allows us to gain insight into the way we think, but is a potential base for constructing representations of diagrammatic information that can be stored and processed by computers. Diagrammatic Reasoning brings together recent investigations into the cognitive, the logical, and particularly the computational characteristics of diagrammatic representations and the reasoning that can be done with them....