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About the Author

Raymond M. Smullyan, an internationally known mathematical logician, is the author of several books including Alice in Puzzle Land, This Book Needs No Title, and Five Thousand B.C. and Other Philosophical Fantasies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (September 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486497054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486497051
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is extremely entertaining, full of educational, thought-provoking, and sometimes difficult logic puzzles. I'm a huge fan of Smullyan and his work and this book certainly did not disappoint. This book is a great way to learn about Godel's theorems without any risk of falling asleep.

That said, I am not a fan of typos and errors, and this book is full of them. Several of the puzzles are impossible to solve because a wrong name is used in the scenario, and some of the proofs are equally problematic. Anyone paying close attention will be able to work around the issues, but that should not be required of the reader. I'm not sure why these problems weren't caught during a review phase.

Were this book any less excellent I would have given it three or perhaps even two stars as a result of the errors. I'm disappointed by the issues, but would still highly recommend the book. Just be extra-alert as you work through it.
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Each time I think that Raymond Smullyan has reached his upper limit, he produces a book even more amazing, wondrous, and stupendous. He is a boundless source of creativity and ingenuity, and not even his advanced years deter him in the slightest. His latest "Godelian Puzzle Book" is a true masterpiece - a mixture of humor and brilliance which entertainingly bares the very mind and soul of the eminent logician Kurt Gödel. I can not recommend this book enough!
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My son and I have read several books on logic with an appealing structure. They are a series of puzzles that advance in difficulty and illustrate ideas of formal logic. They are humorous, accessible and educational.

The first half of this book is like that. Then it gets much more abstract leading to proof of Godel's important theorem. I found it much more difficult to do and less enjoyable. This isn't a criticism since it is necessary to get to the goal of proving the theorem.
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I am not a professional student of Logic but Smullyan's other books have kept very busy
over a long time span. This book takes me just where I wanted to go to a
practical account of why Godel has made such a tremendous impact
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The examples are almost self explanatory, and are fun to read. No one and nothing has done a better job of explaining Kurt Goedel's famous theorem.
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The author here analyzes particularly the Godel theorem.So we observe how this theorem has earned its fame, because it correlates the logics with the meta-mathematics. Particularly that results from the fact that a proposition can tell something about it-self. The book is reach of exercises and applications, particularly about the fixed point and the Zeno paradox.
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It's yet another masterpiece by the author. Quite enjoyable and educational, both for adults, and kids. I highly recommend it to people enjoying intellectual challenge and humor.
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Smullyan is always a treat for the brain.
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