What is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles

What is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles

Paperback Dover Recreational Math

By (author) Raymond M. Smullyan

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 213mm x 13mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 28 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486481980
  • ISBN 13: 9780486481982
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 48,071

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"The most original, most profound, and most humorous collection of recreational logic and math problems ever written." -- Martin Gardner, "Scientific American ""The value of the book lies in the wealth of ingenious puzzles. They afford amusement, vigorous exercise, and instruction." -- Willard Van Orman Quine, "The New York Times Book Review "If you're intrigued by puzzles and paradoxes, these 200 mind-bending logic puzzles, riddles, and diversions will thrill you with challenges to your powers of reason and common sense. Raymond M. Smullyan -- a celebrated mathematician, logician, magician, and author -- presents a logical labyrinth of more than 200 increasingly complex problems. The puzzles delve into Godel's undecidability theorem and other examples of the deepest paradoxes of logic and set theory. Detailed solutions follow each puzzle.

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Raymond Smullyan received his PhD from Princeton University and has taught at Dartmouth, Princeton, Indiana University, and New York's Lehman College. Best known for his mathematical and creative logic puzzles and games, he is also a concert pianist and a magician.Raymond Smullyan: The Merry Prankster Raymond Smullyan (1919- ), mathematician, logician, magician, creator of extraordinary puzzles, philosopher, pianist, and man of many parts. The first Dover book by Raymond Smullyan was "First-Order Logic" (1995). Recent years have brought a number of his magical books of logic and math puzzles: "The Lady or the Tiger" (2009); "Satan, Cantor and Infinity" (2009); an original, never-before-published collection, "King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles" (2010); and "Set Theory and the Continuum Problem" (with Melvin Fitting, also reprinted by Dover in 2010). More will be coming in subsequent years. In the Author's Own Words: "Recently, someone asked me if I believed in astrology. He seemed somewhat puzzled when I explained that the reason I don't is that I'm a Gemini." "Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements: they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled 'wrong.'" -- Raymond Smullyan Critical Acclaim for "The Lady or the Tiger" "Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived." -- Martin Gardner

Table of contents

Part One. Logical Recreations1. Fooled?2. Puzzles and Monkey Tricks3. Knights and Knaves4. Alice in the Forest of ForgetfulnessPart Two. Portia's Caskets and Other Mysteries5. The Mystery of Portia's Casket6. From the Files of Inspector Craig7. How to Avoid Werewolves--And Other Practical Bits of Advice8. Logic Puzzles9. Bellini or Cellini?Part Three. Weird Tales10. The Island of Baal11. The Island of Zombies12. Is Dracula Still Alive?Part Four. Logic Is a Many-Splendored Thing13. Logic and Life14. How to Prove Anything15. From Paradox to Truth16. Godel's Discovery