Re: Fay's Book

Vladik Kreinovich (vladik@cs.utep.edu)
Mon, 3 Aug 1998 23:07:17 +0200 (MET DST)

Dear Friends, I apologize to those who has already received this book
review of mine through the nafips-l mailings list. Vladik

"My life and travels with the father of fuzzy logic" by Fay Zadeh,
TSI Press, Albuquerque, NM, USA, 1998.

An old (and "politically incorrect") saying states that behind every
successful man, there is a supporting woman. Now, we all have a
pleasurable possibility to once again confirm this saying by reading
this wonderful book by Fay Zadeh, the wife of Professor Lotfi Zadeh.

This book is definitely not an Ode of a proverbial Oriental wife to
her Husband and Master. It is full of love and joy and support, but
with this love, she portrays her husband as she sees him, never
hesitating to laugh at funny situations caused, e.g., by Zadeh's
absent-mindedness or by his collector spirit.

With numerous countries and continents visited, reading this book is
like going on a wonderful world tour (often even with useful tips for
fellow travelers). The descriptions of different
countries and cities are charmingly subjective: Fay never hesitates to
emphasize that, e.g., in her art preferences, she describes her own
view; however, whether she describes places she enjoyed or places
where her stay was not exactly relaxing, her descriptions are
always funny and cheerful.

The book has lots of photos, and since the travels were mainly to the
conferences, the reader has an extra pleasure, in addition to seeing
younger Zadeh, of seeing, in these photos, many well-known fuzzy
researchers. Anecdotal stories contributed by several colleagues form
a special appendix to the book. And please do not miss the last
chapter, with culinary recipes: they are real and they are delightful.

Thanks to Mo Jamshidi, who inspired this book and helped publish it;
thanks to Fay for writing it, and may I wish her and Lotfi good luck
and many-many more years of happy life and happy travels together.

Vladik

P.S. TSI Press is a division of TSI Enterprises, P.O. Box 14126,
Albuquerque, NM 87191-4126, USA. Telephone (505) 298-5817;
fax (505) 291-0013, email js@roadrunner.com.

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