- Series: MIT Press
- Hardcover: 422 pages
- Publisher: A Bradford Book; 1 edition (August 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262195836
- ISBN-13: 978-0262195836
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Human Reasoning and Cognitive Science (MIT Press) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Keith Stenning is Professor of Human Communication in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Seeing Reason and coauthor of Introduction to Cognition and Communication (MIT Press, 2006). Michiel van Lambalgen is Professor of Logic and Cognitive Science at the University of Amsterdam and coauthor of The Proper Treatment of Events.
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