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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.
Using a clever set of box diagrams and colored counters, you'll discover how to understand and manipulate the four categorical propositions: A-propositions ("All X are Y"), I-propositions ("Some X are Y"), E-propositions ("No X are Y"), and O-propositions ("Some X are not-Y"). You'll begin by learning how to transfer the propositions to the box diagrams and how to read the propositions from the box diagrams, and then you'll use these skills to process syllogisms (and pseudo-syllogisms). I was especially impressed with how you can use the two diagrams to collapse the middle term(s) in a syllogism and how logical fallacies play out on the diagrams. Even though I was familiar with the material, I still found Carroll's game intellectually stimulating and loads of fun.
What's amusing is how Carroll seems to realize that his logic game isn't going to be a crowd hit (not that it was intended as such). Probably with a resigned sense of futility, he still proceeds to drum up whatever excitement he can with a humor that can be interpreted as hilariously self-deprecating. Thus he mentions that his game requires only one player: "I am not aware of any Game that can be played with LESS than this number." He contrasts that with cricket: "How much easier it is, when you want to play a Game, to find ONE Player than twenty-two." He says his game provides a little instruction as well as amusement and rushes to defend this minor inconvenience: "But is there any great harm in THAT, so long as you get plenty of amusement?Read more ›
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
digital format didn't translate very well but the information is there.Published 12 months ago by jedi-mykal
Good book but missing illustrations makes the e-format difficult to follow.Published 24 months ago by john.a.customer
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. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Airton
An obtuse system of logic , though I cannot fault him for trying to present it , I am spoilt by the modern day truth tables of Wittgenstein so could not learn or understand it. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by R. Naidu
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
trying to learn logic i was very dissapointed to find out that i hadnt and am still the same person i was before but now very very very very very very very very very very very very... Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by booknerdC:*