There is a strong opinion in science that rigor, particularly mathematical, is very desirable. I would like to share a bit of a book review I found today.

Let me conclude this review of this
important book with a personal note.
The first paper in the book (originally
presented in 1985 and published in
1986), lays out the basic ideas of
this simple, non-mathematical approach
to designing control systems for
mobile robots. Brooks points out that
this paper, which was severely criticized
for its lack of mathematical rigor,
is his most cited paper.

Published in Bekey (2000), which is a review of Cambrian Intelligence:
The Early History of the New AI 
by Rodney A. Brooks, MIT Press, 1999.


Bekey, G. A. (2000). Cambrian Intelligence: The Early History of the New AI by Rodney A. Brooks. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Volume: 4, Issue: 7, p291.


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