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The Snake and the Fox: An Introduction to Logic Hardcover – October 5, 1999
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Examples also aided in understanding. Stories and word problems illustrated the concepts extremely well and the reader knew why the problem worked the way it did, which also helped to understand.
Questions (and answers provided in the back) gave a chance to test yourself to see what you knew and what you didn't. My only critisism would be in this aspect of the book in which I found some of the questions irrelevant such as: Find and discuss some clear and some possible examples of 'tonypandy.' I found that this had not relevance whatsoever to Logic or Philosophy in any way. It seemed as if Mary Haight just stuck the passage and question in the book so that it would be longer.
Overall, one of the best logic books I have seen.
What do you expect from a freshman logic textbook? There was no magically sudden insightful clear thinking, but it does do a good job as an introductory text; written mostly in plain English instead of symbols, it builds nicely, and analyzes sample problems from sources like "Catch-22," "Foundation and Empire," and "Very Good, Jeeves" which make for fun reading. On the other hand, Haight starts to use more formulas and more structured proofs in the latter half of the book, and serious proofreading errors unfortunately crop up in those formulas and proofs which really interfere with the reading. Yes, you could argue it means I had to pay closer attention to the text and think harder about the content than I otherwise would have, and so I might have learned more; on the other hand, it means the book was no longer my partner and friend in learning but became instead my opponent to overcome. It became a struggle of willpower to finish.
The good parts of the book merit four stars, easily; the sloppy editing, one. I think I might enjoy taking Haight's class in person, but I could not enjoy reading this book. So I give it two on average, rounding down because a logic textbook with typos in the proofs is like a grimoire with errors in spelling.
There are quite a few occasions where an important concept is not explained or is explained poorly.
Also, the index is confusing and poorly organized.
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Great! The book is in perfect conditions. It was delivered within the dealed time. I like too much the plastic cover that protects the cover of the book. Thank's.Published on June 6, 2011 by Leonardo Welp
I enjoy doing both grammar, algebra and statistics formulas, so I am accustomed to following logical sequences. I am on Chapter 8 and am giving up on this book. Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer