Raymond Smullyan: The Merry Prankster
Raymond Smullyan (1919– ), mathematician, logician, magician, creator of extraordinary puzzles, philosopher, pianist, and man of many parts. The first Dover book by Raymond Smullyan was First-Order Logic (1995). Recent years have brought a number of his magical books of logic and math puzzles: The Lady or the Tiger (2009); Satan, Cantor and Infinity (2009); an original, never-before-published collection, King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles (2010); and Set Theory and the Continuum Problem (with Melvin Fitting, also reprinted by Dover in 2010). More will be coming in subsequent years.
In the Author's Own Words:
"Recently, someone asked me if I believed in astrology. He seemed somewhat puzzled when I explained that the reason I don't is that I'm a Gemini."
"Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements: they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled 'wrong.'" — Raymond Smullyan
Critical Acclaim for The Lady or the Tiger:
"Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived." — Martin Gardner
Keeps my 11 year old son busy. He loves it. My husband loves it too.Published 2 months ago by Furry Marmot
The second grade granddaughter fell in love with these puzzles - knights and knaves, lions and unicorns, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, vampires, werewolves and more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Henson
This book is excellent! I use it to teach high school students about logic as well as entertain guests at parties.Published 3 months ago by wunjo
I was disappointed. This book is about one type of puzzle, the logical interpretation of questions and answers between two persons so as to identify the "type" of person... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frank
This is a classic. If you want to try to wrestle with understanding Kurt Gödel’s incompleteness theorem and how he proved it, a more straightforward approach would be to read... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Clifford D. Conner
I had this book 35 years ago and loaned it to someone. I am so glad it is now available. It is lot's of funPublished 16 months ago by Cynthia Crippin
If you like clever puzzles and well written solutions you will enjoy this book. I have used Smullyan puzzles as part of my teacher training work for nearly 30 years. Read morePublished 17 months ago by DoctorT