This Book Does Not Exist: Adventures in the Paradoxical

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Filled with philosophical and mathematical problems to baffle and delight you, This Book Does Not Exist is packed with thought experiments, real-life ...

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Overview

Welcome to the perplexing world of the paradoxical. Prepare to stretch your mind and challenge everything you think you know, as This Book Does Not Exist unveils just how weird a place the world of thought can be.
 
Filled with philosophical and mathematical problems to baffle and delight you, This Book Does Not Exist is packed with thought experiments, real-life examples, and puzzles for you to try. It also introduces you to some of the great names in the field of paradoxes, from the ancient Greeks to Albert Einstein.
 
Divided into eight mind-bending chapters, This Book Does Not Exist takes you on a journey from the counterintuitive to the downright absurd. On the way it will introduce you to topics such as impossible objects, how to expect the unexpected, and the trouble with time travel. This is a book that will change the way you think.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435110717
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Hayden is a freelance writer with degrees in physics and philosophy. He specializes in making philosophical and scientific concepts accessible to the general reader, and his articles have appeared around the world.
 
Dr. Michael Picard is a philosopher, author, and lecturer at the University of Victoria, Canada. Trained in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy, he has taught widely and is also the author of This Is Not a Book.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    Absolutely amazing book

    I am not a philosopher but this book leads me to a lot of interesting questions that i would never have thought about. They are all very meaningful and mind-blowing questions which will stretch your mind. Strongly recommend to read it. I finish all 150 pages in 2 days because it is so interesting that i can not stop reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    A Bad Review Does Not Exist (and that's the Truth!)

    This book, which actually does exist, takes you into the world of the paradoxical. It takes a look at some of the greatest paradoxes of all time, many of which are still topics of great discussion today, even after thousands of years. The book is divided into eight chapters, each with it's own type of paradox. The first starts out by asking "what do we really know?" and moves onto vagueness, then logic and truth. Then it takes a turn from more thought based paradoxes into mathematical paradoxes, including paradoxes including the mysterious infinity. It goes onto probability, space and time, and then goes on to try to explain the being of "impossible", and wraps up nicely by telling us what we can and can't do. I personally liked the structure of the book, I found it to be a good length and the paradoxes almost all properly covered, and fun. The best part of it all was it was made for the common man, if you can read it you can probably understand it. It doesn't use and crazy vocab or impossible concepts, it explains everything in a nice, simple, and timely manor. The only dislike I would have is of one of the paradoxes, it didn't explain the paradox due to it being to complicated to comprehend, and so they did not go into much detail about it, just explains the basic concept. Otherwise, This Book Does Not Exist gives you a great read that will make you completely change your view of everything, from basic logic to even moving, plus it adds in a few simple, but fun, puzzles to boot. If you like this book, check out This is not a Book, by Michael Picard, about general philosophy. It is the first book in the "series", although they don't have to be read in order. I full-heartedly recommend this book to all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    Good content; bad publishing decisions

    This book has great content, but as one of the other reviewers commented, the font ink combined with the papter color makes reading very difficult. Add to that the small size font, and it is slow reading at best.

    I got this book as a Christmas present and like the idea of the book but may need to wait for an electronic version, or a BIG PRINT version, so I can really enjoy it.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    stimulating and fun

    This little book is great fun if you enjoy puzzles and thought-provoking questions. It can be picked up for a single diversion - maybe over lunch - and has an interesting & satisfying format.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Good content; terrible editorial decisions!

    This book contains good information with a good twist in the layout and stories. However, the person or persons who made the decision to publish light type over grey pages killed this book! What a problem to read! It gave me a headache. The only reason I kept going was that I enjoyed the content, but I never did finish it.

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