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Einstein's Riddle: Riddles, Paradoxes, and Conundrums to Stretch Your Mind

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A philosopher and mathematician presents fifty of the most engrossing, ingenious riddles ever devised.

Riddles, paradoxes, and puzzles have been confusing and delighting people for millennia. Zeno of Elea wondered how a hare could ever catch a tortoise in a race: every time the hare catches up, the tortoise has moved very slightly ahead. Schrödinger had his cat, Bertrand his box, and Russell his paradoxes.

These time-honored mind benders have ...

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Overview

A philosopher and mathematician presents fifty of the most engrossing, ingenious riddles ever devised.

Riddles, paradoxes, and puzzles have been confusing and delighting people for millennia. Zeno of Elea wondered how a hare could ever catch a tortoise in a race: every time the hare catches up, the tortoise has moved very slightly ahead. Schrödinger had his cat, Bertrand his box, and Russell his paradoxes.

These time-honored mind benders have tantalized and mesmerized us for years. Now, in one book, Jeremy Stangroom presents the classics in this field: the Monty Hall Problem; the Liar’s Paradox; the Hangman’s Paradox; and, of course, Einstein’s Riddle. Stylishly designed and lucidly written, this book is a classic of its genre. It’s perfect for beginning logicians—Einstein devised the titular riddle when he was a child—and advanced thinkers the world around.

By turns infuriating, fascinating, and gloriously satisfying, these puzzles will keep you thinking and guessing from beginning to end.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596916654
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 128,038
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Stangroom has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He is currently the New Media editor of the Philosopher’s Magazine, which he founded with Julian Baggini in 1997. He is the author/editor of numerous books, including The Little Book of Big Ideas: Philosophy and The Little Book of Big Ideas: Religion. He is also the editor, with James Garvey, of Continuum Books’ major new series Contemporary Social Issues. Stangroom is an elected fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    This book was bought as a gift for my son, who enjoyed it very much. He has an advanced degree in Physics and Mathematics, and found it fun to read.

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