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What Is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles

Author:
Raymond M. Smullyan (author)
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Categories:
Logic and puzzle
Publication year:
2011
Original publication year:
1978
ISBN:
978-0486-48198-2
Pages:
241
Synopsis:

A book of puzzles, a lot of the A-always-lies, B-always-tells-the-truth variety.

Each section introduces the topic under discussion with a story, with small vignettes strewn between the puzzles themselves to give context.

The last chapter is a more free-flowing story-telling chapter, with a complete explanation of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem.

Review:

There's not all that much to say about this book. I found it an interesting read, and it's fun to try the puzzles out on friends. Go buy it if you like these kinds of books.

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Table of Contents:
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  • Introduction

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 Caskets
  • 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. Gödel's Discovery

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