Logic Made Easy: How to Know when Language Deceives You

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Mathematics - 256 pages
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"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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User Review  - bpagano - LibraryThing

Not as rigorous as many other logic texts, but somewhat entertaining nonetheless. This book could serve a high level refresher in basic, western logic or as a palatable introduction if followed by deeper books after. Read full review

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User Review  - austin.sears - LibraryThing

The title here is misleading. This a book on the history of logic and on the psychological experiments testing people's use of logic. The point of the book is not to teach you how to do formal logic ... Read full review

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Page 23 - ... take up. It will give you clearness of thought — the ability to see your way through a puzzle — the habit of arranging your ideas in an orderly and get-at-able form — and, more valuable than all, the power to detect fallacies, and to tear to pieces the flimsy illogical arguments, which you will so continually encounter in books, in newspapers, in speeches, and even in sermons, and which so easily delude those who have never taken the trouble to master this fascinating Art. Try it. That...

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

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