Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge

Front Cover
William Poundstone
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 20, 2011 - Science - 288 pages
1 Review
This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles and the Frailty of Knowledge

User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

Best read in small doses as you then have time to ponder each paradox/puzzle described. Entertaining and easy to follow. Read full review

Contents

Paradox
Hempels Raven
Confirmation Matter and Antimatter Absolute and Incremental
The Puzzles of John H Watson M D
The Paradox of the Heap
Theseus Ship Sorites Complexity Liars and Truth Tellers
Pop Quizzes and Hidden Eggs Holliss Paradox A Minimal
The Pi Machine Zenos Paradoxes Building a Thomson Lamp
Computer as Big as the Universe
Twin Earth
Roger Bacon False Decodings Sense and Gibberish
The Thinking Machine The Paradox of Functionalism
Bibliography
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

William Poundstone is the author of thirteen previous books, including Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?, How Would You Move Mount Fuji?, and Fortune's Formula. He has written for the New York Times, Harper?s, Harvard Business Review, and the Village Voice, among other publications, and is a frequent guest on TV and radio. He lives in Los Angeles.

Bibliographic information