Logic Made Easy

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Overview

"The best introduction to logic you will find." —Martin Gardner
Penetrating and practical, Logic Made Easy is filled with anecdotal histories detailing the often muddy relationship between language and logic. Complete with puzzles you can try yourself and questions you can use to raise your test scores, Logic Made Easy invites readers to identify and ultimately remedy logical slips in everyday life. Even experienced logicians will be surprised by Deborah Bennett's ability to identify the illogical in everything from maddening street signs to tax forms that make April the cruelest month. Designed with dozens of visual examples, the book guides readers through those hair-raising times when logic is at odds with 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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780393057485
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (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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