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The game of logic Paperback – August 19, 2010
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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.
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.
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.
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)
("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.
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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digital format didn't translate very well but the information is there.Published 7 months ago by jedi-mykal
Good book but missing illustrations makes the e-format difficult to follow.Published 18 months ago by john.a.customer
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This is not a game. It is confusing and too much like physics. I do not recommend it to anyone!Published on July 31, 2013 by Kathy
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pointless and had no reason i didnt understand it at all. exteremely hard to comprehend and how did this book get so many buyers? very hard to understand. D:Published on April 14, 2013 by booknerdC:*
the diagrams arent supposed to be lines.....are they? also, some words were missing, which may explain why it was free. take my advice, dont buy this book!!Published on February 28, 2013 by H.G. Perry