Domains and lambdacalculi [EBook] / Roberto M. Amadio, PierreLouis Curien.
Domains and lambdacalculi [EBook] / Roberto M. Amadio, PierreLouis Curien.
This book describes the mathematical aspects of the semantics of programming languages. The main goals are to provide formal tools to assess the meaning of programming constructs in both a languageindependent and a machineindependent way, and to prove properties about programs, such as whether the...
Personal Name(s):  Amadio, Roberto M., (author) 

Curien, P.L., (author)  
Imprint: 
Cambridge :
Cambridge University Press,
1998

Physical Description: 
1 online resource (xvi, 484 pages) 
Note: 
englisch 
ISBN: 
9780521622776 9780511983504 9780521062923 
Series Title: 
Cambridge tracts in theoretical computer science ;
46 
Subject (LOC):  
Full Text 
This book describes the mathematical aspects of the semantics of programming languages. The main goals are to provide formal tools to assess the meaning of programming constructs in both a languageindependent and a machineindependent way, and to prove properties about programs, such as whether they terminate, or whether their result is a solution of the problem they are supposed to solve. In order to achieve this the authors first present, in an elementary and unified way, the theory of certain topological spaces that have proved of use in the modelling of various families of typed lambda calculi considered as core programming languages and as metalanguages for denotational semantics. This theory is known as Domain Theory, and was founded as a subject by Scott and Plotkin. One of the main concerns is to establish links between mathematical structures and more syntactic approaches to semantics, often referred to as operational semantics, which is also described. This dual approach has the double advantage of motivating computer scientists to do some mathematics and of interesting mathematicians in unfamiliar application areas from computer science. 