In his most critically acclaimed work, a celebrated mathematician presents more than 200 increasingly complex and challenging problems - puzzles that delve into some of the deepest paradoxes of logic and set theory. Solutions. "The most original, most profound, and most humorous collection of recreational logic and math problems ever written." - Martin Gardner.
Raymond Smullyan received his PhD from Princeton University and has taught at Dartmouth, Princeton, Indiana University, and New York's Lehman College. Best known for his mathematical and creative logic puzzles and games, he is also a concert pianist and a magician. 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
Part One. Logical Recreations 1. Fooled? 2. Puzzles and Monkey Tricks 3. Knights and Knaves 4. Alice in the Forest of Forgetfulness Part Two. Portia's Caskets and Other Mysteries 5. The Mystery of Portia's Casket 6. From the Files of Inspector Craig 7. How to Avoid Werewolves--And Other Practical Bits of Advice 8. Logic Puzzles 9. Bellini or Cellini? Part Three. Weird Tales 10. The Island of Baal 11. The Island of Zombies 12. Is Dracula Still Alive? Part Four. Logic Is a Many-Splendored Thing 13. Logic and Life 14. How to Prove Anything 15. From Paradox to Truth 16. Godel's Discovery