The subject of this book is threshold elements, and the problem consists of several questions aimed at the logical capabilities of a single threshold element and at the synthesis or design of combinational digital systems (e.g., computers) using these devices. A threshold element is primarily a logical gate or a basic building block, and it is one of the most powerful gates known to us today.
The work is important on three counts: It is the first book on the subject of threshold elements; it presents an approach not often encountered in the design of digital systems; and it contains primarily original results which answer the basic problem in a number of ways. These results which include a number of synthesis procedures are presented in detail and are illustrated with examples. In the interest of continuity, some results of other investigators are briefly, though fully, explained.
THRESHOLD LOGIC: A Synthesis Approach shows how a basic approach (correlation) can be used in treating the questions of threshold element synthesis. A number of scattered concepts are unified through this approach under one idea (the characteristic-vector language).
This monograph should interest students and engineers as well as researchers in the fields of threshold logic, logic design, and switching theory in general, as well as in bionics and in computer design.