I Think, Therefore I Laugh: The Flip Side of Philosophy

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The preeminent explicator of mathematical logic to non-mathematicians, John Allen Paulos is familiar to general readers not only from his bestselling books but also from his media appearances, including The David Letterman Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" and "Science Friday," as well as articles in Newsweek, Nature, Discover, Business Week, the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books.

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Overview

The preeminent explicator of mathematical logic to non-mathematicians, John Allen Paulos is familiar to general readers not only from his bestselling books but also from his media appearances, including The David Letterman Show and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" and "Science Friday," as well as articles in Newsweek, Nature, Discover, Business Week, the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books.

Paulos originally wrote this charming little book on analytic logic, its mathematics, and its puzzles in 1985. And as in his later books, he uses jokes, stories, parables, and anecdotes to elucidate difficult concepts, in this case, some of the fundamental problems in modern philosophy.

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Editorial Reviews

Ted Cohen
If, like me, you find fun in logical conundrums and absurdities, you will find plenty [here]. On the other hand, if you´re of the type that finds people like Paulos and me tedious, you should look into his book anyway, just to see what you´ve been missing.
Brian Butterworth
Paulos is brilliant at capturing difficult ideas in a memorable joke. I've never laughed so much while thinking so hard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231119153
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2000
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 934,846
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

John Allen Paulos--best-selling author and mathematician--is professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has written numerous books, including Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper, and Once Upon a Number.

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