The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles, Ancient and Modern

The Riddle of Scheherazade: And Other Amazing Puzzles, Ancient and Modern

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by Raymond M. Smullyan
     
 

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In his new book, Raymond Smullyan, grand vizier of the logic puzzle, joins Scheherazade, a charming young woman of “fantastic logical ingenuity,” to give us 1001 hours of brain-teasing fun.
 
Scheherazade, we find, has gotten back into hot water with the king, and is once more in danger of losing her head at down. But, thinking quickly, she…  See more details below

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In his new book, Raymond Smullyan, grand vizier of the logic puzzle, joins Scheherazade, a charming young woman of “fantastic logical ingenuity,” to give us 1001 hours of brain-teasing fun.
 
Scheherazade, we find, has gotten back into hot water with the king, and is once more in danger of losing her head at down. But, thinking quickly, she tempts the king to stay her execution by posing him the most delightfully devious mathematical and logic puzzle ever invented. They keep him guessing for many more nights until the fatal hour has passed, and she keeps her head.
 
The Riddle of Scheherazade includes several wonderful old chestnuts and many fiendishly original puzzles, 225 in all. There are logic tricks and number games, metapuzzles (puzzles about puzzles), liar/truth-teller exercises, Gödelian brian twisters, baffling paradoxes, and an excursion, under Scheherazade’s expert guidance, into an amusing new field invented by Smullyan, called “coercive” logic, in which the answer to a problem can actually change the fate of the puzzler!
 
An absolute must for all puzzle fans—from the middle-school whiz to the sophisticated mathematician or computer scientist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307819833
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/22/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,032,684
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Douglas R. Hofstadter
Raymond Smullyan has a gift for turning the most abstract and arcane topics in mathematics and logic into concrete and charming images.
Peter Denning
The Lewis Carroll of our times. His books of logic puzzles will be remembered long after most of us are forgotten.

Meet the Author

Raymond Smullyan, well-known mathematician and logician, is Oscar Ewing Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Indiana University and Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York-Lehman College and Graduate Center. His many writings include six previous volumes of recreational logic and math problems, What Is The Name of This Book?, The Lady or the Tiger?, Alice in Puzzleland, To Mock a Mockingbird, Forever Undecided,  and Satan, Cantor, and Infinity; two studies of deductive logic in chess, The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes and The Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Knights; and three collections of philosophical essays and aphorisms, The Tao Is Silent, This Book Needs No Title, and 5000 B.C.

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The Riddle Of Scheherazade 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While taking a college course in discrete mathematics, my professor mentioned this book as a good read. Dispite my better judgement I purchased the book. After reading the first few puzzles I was hooked! A wonderfully fun way to learn logic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one cares that u went to collage and ur teacher told u to read it