This Book Needs No Title

Eighty paradoxes, logical lobyrinths, and intriguing enigmas progress from light fables and fancies to challenging Zen exercises and a novella and probe the timeless questions of philosophy and life

This Book Needs No Title

Author: Raymond Smullyan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671628313

Page: 192

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Eighty paradoxes, logical lobyrinths, and intriguing enigmas progress from light fables and fancies to challenging Zen exercises and a novella and probe the timeless questions of philosophy and life

Forever Undecided

Forever Undecided is the most challenging yet of Raymond Smullyan’s puzzle collections.

Forever Undecided

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307962466

Page: 257

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Forever Undecided is the most challenging yet of Raymond Smullyan’s puzzle collections. It is, at the same time, an introduction—ingenious, instructive, entertaining—to Gödel’s famous theorems. With all the wit and charm that have delighted readers of his previous books, Smullyan transports us once again to that magical island where knights always tell the truth and knaves always lie. Here we meet a new and amazing array of characters, visitors to the island, seeking to determine the natives’ identities. Among them: the census-taker McGregor; a philosophical-logician in search of his flighty bird-wife, Oona; and a regiment of Reasoners (timid ones, normal ones, conceited, modest, and peculiar ones) armed with the rules of propositional logic (if X is true, then so is Y). By following the Reasoners through brain-tingling exercises and adventures—including journeys into the “other possible worlds” of Kripke semantics—even the most illogical of us come to understand Gödel’s two great theorems on incompleteness and undecidability, some of their philosophical and mathematical implications, and why we, like Gödel himself, must remain Forever Undecided!

To Mock a Mocking Bird

In this entertaining and challenging new collection of logic puzzles, Raymond Smullyan—author of What Is the Name of This Book?

To Mock a Mocking Bird

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307819795

Page: 256

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In this entertaining and challenging new collection of logic puzzles, Raymond Smullyan—author of What Is the Name of This Book? And The Lady or the Tiger?—continues to delight and astonish us with his gift for making available, in the thoroughly pleasurable form of puzzles, some of the most important mathematical thinking of our time. In the first part of the book, he transports us once again to that wonderful realm where knights, knaves, twin sisters, quadruplet brothers, gods, demons, and mortals either always tell the truth or always lie, and where truth-seekers are set a variety of fascinating problems. The section culminates in an enchanting and profound metapuzzle (a puzzle about a puzzle), in which Inspector Craig of Scotland Yard gets involved in a search of the Fountain of Youth on the Island of Knights and Knaves. In the second and larger section, we accompany the Inspector on a summer-long adventure into the field of combinatory logic (a branch of logic that plays an important role in computer science and artificial intelligence). His adventure, which includes enchanted forests, talking birds, bird sociologists, and a classic quest, provides for us along the way the pleasure of solving puzzles of increasing complexity until we reach the Master Forest and—thanks to Gödel’s famous theorem—the final revelation. To Mock a Mockingbird will delight all puzzle lovers—the curious neophytes as well as the serious students of logic, mathematics, or computer science.

The New York Times Book Review

By DOUGLAS HOFSTADTER IF you think the title is notfunny, not even a little
intriguing, then you probably will not enjoy "This Book Needs No Title," which is (
need I mention it?) by Raymond Smullyan, the author of "What Is the Name of
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Truth Needs No Ally

With dozens of photographs - many in color - representing photographic journalism at its best, Truth Needs No Ally is the definitive book on photojournalism by a master of the craft.

Truth Needs No Ally

Author: Howard Chapnick

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826209559

Page: 369

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Nothing has more power to communicate the destruction and despair of our time than the documentary photograph. The Tiananmen Square massacre, the Kent State shootings, the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights movement - these events have been indelibly etched in the minds of Americans through the work of photojournalists. In Truth Needs No Ally, Howard Chapnick, one of the giants of contemporary photojournalism, offers a historical, philosophical, pragmatic, and inspiring look at the profession. From the exhilarating early years of LIFE and Look magazines, through the explosion of photographic technology, Howard Chapnick takes us through the fascinating history of documentary photography. He discusses the modern capacities for computerized manipulation of photos and argues passionately for unflinching ethical standards on the part of photographers and editors alike. Filled with lively anecdotes from the author's fifty-year career and written in an engaging, personal style, Truth Needs No Ally covers myriad practical, creative, and ethical issues, including professional conduct, challenges facing women and minorities in photojournalism, developing a portfolio, cultivating a personal style, and government manipulation of the media. With dozens of photographs - many in color - representing photographic journalism at its best, Truth Needs No Ally is the definitive book on photojournalism by a master of the craft.

Satan Cantor And Infinity And Other Mind bogglin

More than two hundred new and challenging logic puzzles—the simplest brainteaser to the most complex paradoxes in contemporary mathematical thinking—from our topmost puzzlemaster (“the most entertaining logician who ever lived,” ...

Satan  Cantor  And Infinity And Other Mind bogglin

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307819825

Page: 270

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More than two hundred new and challenging logic puzzles—the simplest brainteaser to the most complex paradoxes in contemporary mathematical thinking—from our topmost puzzlemaster (“the most entertaining logician who ever lived,” Martin Gardner has called him). Our guide to the puzzles is the Sorcerer, who resides on the Island of Knights and Knaves, where knights always tell the truth and knaves always lie, and he introduces us to the amazing magic—logic—that enables to discover which inhabitants are which. Then, in a picaresque adventure in logic, he takes us to the planet Og, to the Island of Partial Silence, and to a land where metallic robots wearing strings of capital letters are noisily duplicating and dismantling themselves and others. The reader’s job is to figure out how it all works. Finally, we accompany the Sorcerer on an alluring tour of Infinity which includes George Cantor’s amazing mathematical insights. The tour (and the book) ends with Satan devising a diabolical puzzle for one of Cantor’s prize students—who outwits him! In sum: a devilish magician’s cornucopia of puzzles—a delight for every age and level of ability.

The Friday Book

A catchy title may serve a catchy book ( Catch - 22 is not a title with a catch to it ; it
is straightforward ) : Two truly catchy books by the logician Raymond Smullyan -
What Is the Name of This Book ? and This Book Needs No Title — have ...

The Friday Book

Author: John Barth

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Page: 283

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"Whether discussing modernism, postmodernism, semiotics, Homer, Cervantes, Borges, blue crabs or osprey nests, Barth demonstrates an enthusiasm for the life of the mind, a joy in thinking (and in expressing those thoughts) that becomes contagious... A reader leaves The Friday Book feeling intellectually fuller, verbally more adept, mentally stimulated, with algebra and fire of his own."--Washington Post Barth's first work of nonfiction is what he calls "an arrangement of essays and occasional lectures, some previously published, most not, most on matters literary, some not, accumulated over thirty years or so of writing, teaching, and teaching writing." With the full measure of playfulness and erudition that he brings to his novels, Barth glances into his crystal ball to speculate on the future of literature and the literature of the future. He also looks back upon historical fiction and fictitious history and discusses prose, poetry, and all manner of letters: "Real letters, forged letters, doctored letters... and of course alphabetical letters, the atoms of which the universe of print is made." "The pieces brought together in The Friday Book reflect Mr. Barth's witty, playful, and engaging personality... They are lively, sometimes casual, and often whimsical--a delight to the reader, to whom Mr. Barth seems to be writing or speaking as a learned friend."--Kansas City Star "No less than Barth's fiction these pieces are performances, agile, dexterous, robust, offering the cerebral delights of playful lucidity."--Richmond News Leader

The Tao Is Silent

Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing." This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy.

The Tao Is Silent

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062281410

Page: 240

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The Tao Is Silent Is Raymond Smullyan's beguiling and whimsical guide to the meaning and value of eastern philosophy to westerners. "To me," Writes Smullyan, "Taoism means a state of inner serenity combined with an intense aesthetic awareness. Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing." This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy. It is a series of ideas inspired by Taoism that treats a wide variety of subjects about life in general. Smullyan sees the Taoist as "one who is not so much in search of something he hasn't, but who is enjoying what he has." Readers will be charmed and inspired by this witty, sophisticated, yet deeply religious author, whether he is discussing gardening, dogs, the art of napping, or computers who dream that they're human.

The New Church Herald and Monthly Repository

It was scarcely necessary to put this announcement on the title - page . No one
need be told who is Hugu MILLER , or reminded of his life - labors . The man who
, writhing in disappointed ambition , or cowardly shrinking from life at the ...

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The Lady Or the Tiger and Other Logic Puzzles

A series of logic problems and puzzles relating important mathematical and logical concepts, includes paradoxes, metapuzzles, number exercises, and a mathematical novel

The Lady Or the Tiger  and Other Logic Puzzles

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Random House Puzzles & Games

ISBN: 9780812921175

Page: 226

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A series of logic problems and puzzles relating important mathematical and logical concepts, includes paradoxes, metapuzzles, number exercises, and a mathematical novel

I Have a Photographic Memory

... and he has been fascinated all his life by self-reference. The name of one of
his books is What is the name of this book?, and the title of another is This book
needs no title. Surprise: his specialty is the Godel incompleteness theorem. 509.

I Have a Photographic Memory

Author: Paul R. Halmos

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 9780821886090

Page: 326

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Paul R. Halmos, eminent mathematician, is also a snapshot addict. For the past 45 years, Halmos has snapped mathematicians, their spouses, their brothers and sisters and other relatives, their offices, their dogs, and their carillon towers. From 6000 or so photographs in his collection, Halmos chose about 600 for this book. The pictures are candid shots showing mathematicians just being themselves, and the accompanying captions, in addition to identifying the subjects, contain anecdotes and bits of history that reveal Halmos' inimitable wit and insight.

The Riddle of Scheherazade

In his new book, Raymond Smullyan, grand vizier of the logic puzzle, joins Scheherazade, a charming young woman of “fantastic logical ingenuity,” to give us 1001 hours of brain-teasing fun.

The Riddle of Scheherazade

Author: Raymond Smullyan

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307819833

Page: 224

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In his new book, Raymond Smullyan, grand vizier of the logic puzzle, joins Scheherazade, a charming young woman of “fantastic logical ingenuity,” to give us 1001 hours of brain-teasing fun. Scheherazade, we find, has gotten back into hot water with the king, and is once more in danger of losing her head at down. But, thinking quickly, she tempts the king to stay her execution by posing him the most delightfully devious mathematical and logic puzzle ever invented. They keep him guessing for many more nights until the fatal hour has passed, and she keeps her head. The Riddle of Scheherazade includes several wonderful old chestnuts and many fiendishly original puzzles, 225 in all. There are logic tricks and number games, metapuzzles (puzzles about puzzles), liar/truth-teller exercises, Gödelian brian twisters, baffling paradoxes, and an excursion, under Scheherazade’s expert guidance, into an amusing new field invented by Smullyan, called “coercive” logic, in which the answer to a problem can actually change the fate of the puzzler! An absolute must for all puzzle fans—from the middle-school whiz to the sophisticated mathematician or computer scientist.

The Southern Review

This book is full of profound interest . ... The work of Dr. Thomson , however , and
the wonders it discloses , are far too important to be dispatched in a book notice
... This man has no title to his name , but it is a name that needs no title . An A. M.
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The National Quarterly Review

A good book needs no extraordinary efforts to recommend it; all that is necessary,
in general, is to announce it, mention the titles of some of the chapters, etc. There
is no need to repeat its title fifty times, or even twice, in the same column or ...

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Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

And at the end of the book are ten bonus problems from Moriarty himself (four of them composed before the age of nine!). Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes is Smullyan's challenging and witty romp through the royal game.

Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Random House Puzzles & Games

ISBN: 9780812923896

Page: 192

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Here -- from philosopher/logician/puzzlemaker Raymond Smullyan -- are fifty elegant, witty, and altogether unique "chess mysteries." In each problem the solver has to deduce certain events in a game's past. For example: On what square was the White queen captured? or, Is the White queen promoted or original? Since these problems involve the same sort of logical reasoning that lies at the core of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Raymond Smullyan has aptly set each one within its own Holmes-Watson dialogue. In each case Holmes, by his remarkable powers of deduction, is able to demonstrate to his awed admirers precisely what must have happened, move by move, at the "scene of the crime" -- the chess table. For example: what the missing piece is; what square it should be on; whether or not either side can castle. In the second half, through a series of progressively more difficult (self-contained) chess problems, Holmes, with the reader's help, solves a mystery and a double murder -- perpetrated, of course, by Moriarty. And at the end of the book are ten bonus problems from Moriarty himself (four of them composed before the age of nine!). Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes is Smullyan's challenging and witty romp through the royal game.

Kant and Mathematics Today

It is high time that such a clear - cut distinction – “ Pars in toto est , ” but certainly
not “ pars pro toto ” ! ... nationally renowned for his prolific works ( to name but
three ) : This Book Needs No Title : A Budget of Living Paradoxes , Prentice - Hall
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Kant and Mathematics Today

Author: Joong Fang

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ISBN: 9780773485112

Page: 380

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This is a study of the first Critique of Immanuel Kant, examining the first Critque as a whole, liimiting the study strictly relative to mathematics. The greatest emphasis is on the relevance and compatibility between Kant's epistemology and mathematics proper in the mainstream, yesterday, today and tomroow. This text draws a line of demarcation between mathematics and metamathmatics.

A Guide to Good Reasoning

Raymond Smullyan , This Book Needs No Title 4 . “ Either my piece is a work of
the highest rank , or it is not a work of the highest rank . In the latter ( and more
probable ) case I myself am in favour of it not being printed . And in the former
case ...

A Guide to Good Reasoning

Author: David C. Wilson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

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Page: 482

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