Peirce's Contributions to the 21st Century [chapter]

John Sowa
2006 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
In the 19th century, Peirce had an international reputation in both logic and physics. • Logic: Invented the algebraic notation for symbolic logic. • Astronomy: Photometric researches for measuring the distance to stars. • Mathematics: Revised and extended his father's book on linear algebra. • Physics: Designed new instruments for measuring gravity. • Engineering: First to propose a wavelength of light as a standard of length, and built the instruments for using light waves to measure the
more » ... h of his pendulums. 20th century: • Largely ignored by both the analytic philosophers and the so-called Continental philosophers. Promising direction for the 21st century: • Established a foundation for unifying and relating the insights of multiple branches of cognitive science (linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and artificial intelligence). This talk surveys Peirce's approaches, their applications in modern systems, and the way his views of language and logic can clarify and support a more comprehensive view of natural language semantics.
doi:10.1007/11787181_5 fatcat:vzhp6dgvpjgelgyqqavknrjhia