Philosophical aspects of program verification

Minds and Machines 1 (2):197-216 (1991)
A debate over the theoretical capabilities of formal methods in computer science has raged for more than two years now. The function of this paper is to summarize the key elements of this debate and to respond to important criticisms others have advanced by placing these issues within a broader context of philosophical considerations about the nature of hardware and of software and about the kinds of knowledge that we have the capacity to acquire concerning their performance.
Keywords Formal methods  correctness proofs  deductive reasoning  inductive reasoning  computer programming  computers  programs  verification
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DOI 10.1007/BF00361037
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