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Lady or the Tiger? And Other Logic Puzzles Including a Mathematical Novel That Features Godel's Great Discovery Paperback – October 27, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Other
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Puzzles & Games (October 27, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812921178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812921175
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Smullyan is not your run-of-the-mill puzzlemeister; he polishes up old chestnuts, spins variations on a theme, and peoples his logical world with a delightful cast of characters."

-- Science 82

"Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived. As in all of Professor Smullyan's fantastic puzzle books, you end up exploring that strange subterranean region below mathematics, where Godelian corridors lead in all directions to beautiful theorems about truth and provability."

-- Martin Gardner

"I believe Ray Smullyan to be the Lewis Carroll of our times. His little books of logic puzzles will be remembered long after most of us are forgotten. Here, he has tackled difficult material, suitable to the modern computing age, and presented it with good humor and a tingling sense of discovery."

-- Peter Denning, Professor of Computer Sciences, Purdue University

"You may experience small frissons of delight as you follow Smullyan into the dizzying heights of Godel's proof and the very nature of proof, truth, and logic in mathematics."

-- Kirkus Reviews

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"Smullyan is not your run-of-the-mill puzzlemeister; he polishes up old chestnuts, spins variations on a theme, and peoples his logical world with a delightful cast of characters."

-- Science 82

"Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived. As in all of Professor Smullyan's fantastic puzzle books, you end up exploring that strange subterranean region below mathematics, where Godelian corridors lead in all directions to beautiful theorems about truth and provability."

-- Martin Gardner

"I believe Ray Smullyan to be the Lewis Carroll of our times. His little books of logic puzzles will be remembered long after most of us are forgotten. Here, he has tackled difficult material, suitable to the modern computing age, and presented it with good humor and a tingling sense of discovery."

-- Peter Denning, Professor of Computer Sciences, Purdue University

"You may experience small frissons of delight as you follow Smullyan into the dizzying heights of Godel's proof and the very nature of proof, truth, and logic in mathematics."

-- Kirkus Reviews


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Hoenikker on July 22, 2003
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I find it surprising that this book is almost unknown and out of print. This collection of logic puzzles is easily one of the best ever written. Starting with a small set of lighthearted teasers, continuing with progressively more serious problems, including probably the most complete variations on liar/knight and metapuzzle themes, and finishing with the best amateur level introduction to "serious" mathematical logic I have ever seen. The ideas are presented with amazing clarity and in the form digestible to the most casual reader, preserving the beauty but without compromising the essence of the arguments.
Don't let this one get away if you can find a copy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on November 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
The author starts out this book of logic puzzles with fairly easy stuff and moves the reader along so gradually that you are able to figure out solutions you never thought you could. But it gets REALLY complex toward the end and in fact lost me part of the time. So don't get too frustrated if you can't figure them all out. If you like logic puzzles, you don't want to miss this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
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This is one book of logic which is not for the weak-minded. Nineteen chapters of themed puzzles and challenges, the great majority of which have never before been published. I personally have never read a better book of logic puzzles --- even the easy ones require some thought, and the impossible ones are brilliantly explained at the end of each chapter. But if you aren't ready to analyze Smullyan's devious logic, turn your eyes elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Mayne on October 1, 2007
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If you're a fan of logic & puzzles, this is definitely worth picking up. It starts simple and works its way up to nearly impossible, so there should be something on everyone's level. The book is kind of a narrative, but its main purpose is to display and explain more and more advanced logic.

I first found this book when I was 15 or so among my Uncle's things when I was visiting. I stayed up half the night working through the puzzles, but after about halfway through the book, I was completely lost. Years later, after studying symbolic logic in college, I go back and the book gives me new pleasure, though I still can't get through 'all' of it - not quite ;P Its somewhat of a Logic Quest, really.

If you enjoy a challenge, definitely pick this one up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Gutierrez on May 10, 2008
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I read this book 20 years ago when I was a plain physics student. Know with my son (8) I bought again and we both enjoy a good time exercising our brains and, besides, my son develops logic reasoning to solve many problems. This book is excelent to prevent Alzheimer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By @souvikstweets on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Well, or at least, think about it. This small little book by Smullyan is a fantastic collection of logic puzzles arranged in the increasing order of complexity & complete with solutions.

For those of you not intimately familiar with logic puzzles, Wikipedia provides a good definition. And interestingly enough, Smullyan's name & this book are mentioned in that very article. I cannot quite understand why such a book would be out print, but may be there are other ways of passing your time.

Back to the book. The great thing about a verbal puzzle, unlike a non-verbal one like Sudoku, is that there is a story behind it. So while both may be mathematics, if you get a Sudoku wrong - yes, well, nothing much happens. However, if a prisoner who has to deduce an escape route or die - now that's an entirely different proposition. So the "old-fashioned" story-telling continues - different situations, doctors & patients, sane or insane, vampire or human, the Isle of dreams & so on.

Even if you do not have the time yourself, I think this is still a great book to give a child. It is a fun way to learn Mathematics without realizing that you're learning Mathematics. And frankly, wouldn't you just love just love to say something that begins with "Elementary, my dear Watson"

S!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a shame that this book is out of print. It is another of Raymond Smullyan's wonderful logic puzzle books; one that I found almost as challenging as To Mock a Mockingbird. Smullyan is a first rate mathematician, and it is quite a testiment to him that he is able to construct these logic puzzles that are both lots of fun to solve and also teach non-mathematicians how to think about serious logical issues. I found this book at a garage sale. Maybe you'll be lucky too!
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