The Lady Or the Tiger?

And Other Logic Puzzles

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048647027X

Category: Science

Page: 226

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"Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived." — Martin Gardner. Inspired by the classic tale of a prisoner's dilemma, these whimsically themed challenges involve paradoxes about probability, time, and change; metapuzzles; and self-referentiality. Nineteen chapters advance in difficulty from relatively simple to highly complex.
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Symbolic Logic and the Game of Logic

Author: Lewis Carroll

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486204928

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 295

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Lewis Carroll explains the theory and applications of symbolic logic in a collection of entertaining problems
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Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problem Solving

An Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

Author: Marilyn A. Reba,Douglas R. Shier

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1482297930

Category: Mathematics

Page: 605

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A Classroom-Tested, Alternative Approach to Teaching Math for Liberal Arts Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problem Solving: An Introduction to Mathematical Thinking uses puzzles and paradoxes to introduce basic principles of mathematical thought. The text is designed for students in liberal arts mathematics courses. Decision-making situations that progress from recreational problems to important contemporary applications develop the critical-thinking skills of non-science and non-technical majors. The logical underpinnings of this textbook were developed and refined throughout many years of classroom feedback and in response to commentary from presentations at national conferences. The text’s five units focus on graphs, logic, probability, voting, and cryptography. The authors also cover related areas, such as operations research, game theory, number theory, combinatorics, statistics, and circuit design. The text uses a core set of common representations, strategies, and algorithms to analyze diverse games, puzzles, and applications. This unified treatment logically connects the topics with a recurring set of solution approaches. Requiring no mathematical prerequisites, this book helps students explore creative mathematical thinking and enhance their own critical-thinking skills. Students will acquire quantitative literacy and appreciation of mathematics through the text’s unified approach and wide range of interesting applications.
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Impossible Folding Puzzles and Other Mathematical Paradoxes

Author: Gianni A. Sarcone,Marie-Jo Waeber

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486493512

Category: Games

Page: 112

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Do all problems have solutions? Is complexity synonymous with difficulty? This original collection of mathematical puzzles and paradoxes proves that things aren't always what they seem! Readers will discover that nothing is as easy or as difficult as it looks and that puzzles can have one, several, or no solutions. The fun-filled puzzles begin with The Tricky Hole, a challenge that involves pushing a large coin through a small hole in a sheet of paper without ripping or making any cuts in the paper. Advance to the Elastic Playing Card, in which it's possible to cut a hole into a playing card big enough for someone to climb through. Other incredible puzzles include Elephants and Castles, Trianglized Kangaroo, Honest Dice and Logic Dice, Mind-reading Powers, and dozens more. Complete solutions explain the mathematical realities behind the fantastic-sounding challenges.
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Satan, Cantor & Infinity

Mind-boggling Puzzles

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486470369

Category: Games

Page: 270

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Honorable knights, lying knaves, and other fanciful characters populate this unusual survey of the principles underlying the works of Georg Cantor. Created by a renowned mathematician, these engaging puzzles apply logical precepts to issues of infinity, probability, time, and change. They require a strong mathematics background and feature complete solutions.
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First-order Logic

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486683706

Category: Mathematics

Page: 158

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Considered the best book in the field, this completely self-contained study is both an introduction to quantification theory and an exposition of new results and techniques in "analytic" or "cut free" methods. The focus in on the tableau point of view. Topics include trees, tableau method for propositional logic, Gentzen systems, more. Includes 144 illustrations.
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Alice in Puzzle-land

A Carrollian Tale for Children Under Eighty

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan,Martin Gardner,Greer Fitting

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486482006

Category: Mathematics

Page: 182

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Characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass populate these 88 intriguing puzzles. Mathematician Raymond Smullyan re-creates the spirit of Lewis Carroll's writings in puzzles involving word play, logic and metalogic, and philosophical paradoxes. Challenges range from easy to difficult and include solutions, plus 60 charming illustrations. "An ingenious book." — Boston Globe.
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The Godelian Puzzle Book

Puzzles, Paradoxes and Proofs

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486497054

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

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These recreational logic puzzles provide entertaining variations on Gödel's incompleteness theorems, offering ingenious challenges related to infinity, truth and provability, undecidability, and other concepts. Written by a distinguished mathematician and creator of numerous popular puzzle books, this volume requires no background in formal logic and will delight readers of all ages.
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The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

Fifty Tantalizing Problems of Chess Detection

Author: Raymond M. Smullyan

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486482014

Category: Mathematics

Page: 171

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Join Holmes and Watson as they examine interrupted games to deduce prior moves. A series of increasingly complex chess mysteries culminates in a double murder perpetrated by Professor Moriarty. The master sleuth instructs his companion (and us) in the intricacies of retrograde analysis; readers need only a knowledge of how the pieces move.
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The Puzzle Instinct

The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Life

Author: Marcel Danesi

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 269

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Publisher Fact Sheet Recalling Stephen Pinker's The Language Instinct, the author argues that humans are born with an "instinct for puzzles" that betrays a larger search for the meaning of life. This "instinct" has led to discoveries in mathematics and science, as well as revolutions in philosophical thought.
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