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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1177507285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1177507288
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,965,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass," "The Hunting of the Snark," "Jabberwocky," and "Sylvie and Bruno."

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This is a short little text Carroll wrote to introduce children to logical reasoning, specifically set logic of the "Some Cretans are Liars" variety. At the time, it was probably an excellent work for this purpose. There are two reasons why it's not that great a text for that today, though, at least not in this kindle edition.

The first is that Carroll's tone here has aged pretty badly. To begin with, his overall tone is at times painfully precious, in a way that would probably put off any modern child reading this text; beyond that, the examples he chooses are. . curious by modern standards -- for example, the second set of extended examples centers around the two propositions ""All Dragons are uncanny" and "all Scotchmen are canny."

The bigger problem is that the whole mechanism of the book revolves around a square grid diagram that simply doesn't translate in this kindle edition -- it just appears as a set of ||||'s next to each other. Which makes the book's arguments comparatively difficult to follow, for all Carroll's wit and charm.

Those two issues aside, Carroll's text does a good job of explaining basic logical theory in a way that children can understand. But, unfortunately, this edition is more a historical curiosity than it is anything else.
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The Kindle version is a great disappointment, due to the flagrant abuse of the formating that is essential to Carrol's presentation. My "for fee" Kindle books do respect formatting and they are a joy. Indeed, when color is not an issue, I prefer Kindle to print (variable font, auto dictionary, search, etc.). Perhaps I am old fashioned, but for me, "for free" does not excuse sloppy performance. This sloppiness carries over to many of the "for free" poetry books as well, rendering them worthless as well.

In my mind, this tarnishes the whole Kindle experience. What is worse, the Amazon reviews (usually a powerful guide to quality or lack thereof) are dragged in as co-conspirators. To wit: The Game of Logic is a delightful book and the print edition certainly deserves several stars. The Kindle edition is a mess, as I and others have explained. Averaging the star ratings for the book with the star ratings for this Kindle edition provides deceptive guidance. I refrain from judging if this deception is intentional or just further sloppiness. I had come to have higher expectations of Amazon and of Kindle Books. This experience is a bit of a thud.
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Very interesting and informative, but the diagrams are not included, making it a little hard to interpret, as it leans heavily on the diagrams for explanation. Some can be reconstructed from the description, but it makes it difficult to know if you have understood correctly. But hey - it's free so who can complain!
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Like most of digital editions the logical diagrams are substituted by tables made of | (pipes) and dashes chars and their relative position is ruined by the proportional font.
Without readble diagrams the book is pointless.
This is just a copy of txt version of Gutenberg project edition. If they used the html version the text would keep the format of the tables.
Amazon does not emphasize or even show the publisher of digital editions making impossible to select a good one, as if all digital editions were equal. This is irresponsible and borderline criminal.
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I read The Game of Logic as a kid, so I bought it for sentimental reasons as well as to read it again, as I remember it was fun. Plus, my son may enjoy it in a few years, too.

Before buying the paperback, I read all the comments here on the poor layout of the tables in the Kindle edition, but I am sad to say that the print edition is only marginally better. I'd like to send this book back, but Amazon doesn't want it even with a refund. I agree, it's more trouble than it's worth.

Tables are composed of ASCII characters pipe and underscore, with atrocious layout errors such as the mixture of fixed- and variable-width fonts, tables continuing on the next page, misalignment due to section numbers being inserted in the MIDDLE of the table, and the general ugliness of these illustrations.

Very disappointed, and putting HardPress Publishing on my dead-to-me list.

If you want to see what these tables were supposed to look like, check out Google Books' free PDF scan of Carroll's Symbolic Logic.
I just ordered this one as a replacement (looks like the tables are well-set in this version):

Symbolic Logic and the Game of Logic (Dover Recreational Math)
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Very Funny!

("1. The study of the principles of reasoning, especially of the structure of propositions as distinguished from their content and of method and validity in deductive reasoning.
2.
a. A system of reasoning: Aristotle's logic.
b. A mode of reasoning: By that logic, we should sell the company tomorrow.
c. The formal, guiding principles of a discipline, school, or science.
3. Valid reasoning: Your paper lacks the logic to prove your thesis.
4. The relationship between elements and between an element and the whole in a set of objects, individuals, principles, or events: There's a certain logic to the motion of rush-hour traffic.
5. Computer Science
a. The nonarithmetic operations performed by a computer, such as sorting, comparing, and matching, that involve yes-no decisions.
b. Computer circuitry.
c. Graphic representation of computer circuitry.")The Game of Logic
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