Euclid in the rainforest: discovering the universal truth in logic and math

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Plume, Jul 25, 2006 - Mathematics - 334 pages
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Like Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach, and David Berlinski's A Tour of the Calculus, Euclid in the Rainforest combines the literary with the mathematical to explore logic—the one indispensable tool in man's quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Greeks. Through adventure stories and historical narratives populated with a rich and quirky cast of characters, Mazur artfully reveals the less-than-airtight nature of logic and the muddled relationship between math and the real world. Ultimately, Mazur argues, logical reasoning is not purely robotic. At its most basic level, it is a creative process guided by our intuitions and beliefs about the world. BACKCOVER: “This charming book radiates love of mathematics and of life . . . A treasure of human experience and intellectual excitement.”
Choice

“Devoid of complex proofs and dense mathematical language; instead, the author has drawn upon his experience as a formative teacher to create a book rich in content that connects with real-world experiences.”
Library Journal

“Joseph Mazur brilliantly explores the symbiotic relationship between the physical and the mathematical worlds…A stylish and seductive book that convinces the mind even as it delights the soul.”
—PEN American Center

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Review: Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math

User Review  - Deedigity - Goodreads

Mazur does a superb job introducing matematical characters and concepts. The plot had little to do with rainforests, and had a completely unnecessary sex scene. Highly rated due to the accessibility ... Read full review

Review: Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math

User Review  - Jordan - Goodreads

While some of the mathematics were beyond me, this book was well-written and enjoyable to read. The broad co concepts, like infinity and logic, were discussed coherently with interesting anecdotes. Read full review

Contents

Infinity
86
Encounters on the Aegean
109
Dr Mortimer I Presume?
245
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

\JOSEPH MAZUR is Professor of Mathematics at Marlboro College, where he has taught a wide range of classes in all areas of mathematics, its history, and philosophy.

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