Logic Made Easy: How to Know When Language Deceives You

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"The best introduction to logic you will find."—Martin Gardner
"Professor Bennett entertains as she instructs," writes Publishers Weekly about the penetrating yet practical Logic Made Easy. This brilliantly clear and gratifyingly concise treatment of the ancient Greek discipline identifies the illogical in everything from street signs to tax forms. Complete with puzzles you can try yourself, Logic Made Easy invites readers to identify and ultimately remedy logical slips in everyday life. Designed with dozens of visual examples, the book guides you through those hair-raising times when logic is at odds with our language and common sense. Logic Made Easy is indeed one of those rare books that will actually make you a more logical human being.

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Publishers Weekly
In this compact, fluently written survey leavened with humor, New Jersey mathematics professor Bennett (Randomness) entertains as she instructs, focusing on "the barriers we face in trying to communicate logically with each other." The author covers the ancient Greeks (the Greek word logos means "knowledge"), then such giants as Leibniz and Newton, who helped rescue the study of logic from classical languages, finally modern mathematicians and philosophers like Whitehead and Russell. In discussing topics like syllogisms, she uses tables and diagrams that shouldn't daunt anyone with a firm foundation in high school algebra and geometry. The book's most interesting chapter explains why if is perhaps the most problematical word in any verbal proposition. Everyone, including the hopelessly innumerate, will find Bennett's lessons in the tricks of speech invaluable, particularly in this election year. Agent, Ed Knappman at New England Publishing Associates. (Apr. 12) Forecast: A blurb from Martin Gardner will alert his fans that Logic Made Easy is of the same quality as his popular books on logic, math and philosophy. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393326925
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 328,758
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah J. Bennet is the author of Randomness and teaches mathematics at New Jersey City University in Jersey City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : logic is rare 11
1 Proof 29
2 All 40
3 A not tangles everything up 53
4 Some is part or all of all 64
5 Syllogisms 73
6 When things are iffy 96
7 Syllogisms involving if, and, and or 118
8 Series syllogisms 137
9 Symbols that express our thoughts 145
10 Logic machines and truth tables 160
11 Fuzzy logic, fallacies, and paradoxes 173
12 Common logic and language 192
13 Thinking well : together 202
Notes 219
References 233
Acknowledgments 243
Index 245
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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    An excellent presentation that relates language and logic

    The author offers a readable text which shows that language, ordinary language is a tool to think and make correct inferences, but language is also an instrument that we deviate from these objectives. The author draws on studies and psychological experiments to substantiate what obstacles we must overcome to think logical correctness. The author also has sought to give a historical overview of some central concepts of classical logic. Includes a section on modern logic, including fuzzy logic (on which has a good opinion, unfortunately). I think it's an excellent book to be read by anyone without much preparation and without much time can you learn the basics of logic.

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