- Raymond M. Smullyan (author)
- Dover Publications
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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.
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.
- Table of Contents:
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