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

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William Poundstone
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 20, 2011 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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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.


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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
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William Poundstone studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Recursive Universe, about information theory and physics, and Labyrinths of Reason, an exploration of paradox in science. The author of such popular books as Big SecretsThe Ultimate, and Prisoner’s Dilemma, he has also written for EsquireHarper’s MagazineSPY, and other periodicals. Poundstone lives in Los Angeles.

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