## Goodbye, Descartes: the end of logic and the search for a new cosmology of the mind"[Goodbye, Descartes] is certain to attract attention and controversy.…a fascinating journey to the edges of logical thinking and beyond." —Publishers Weekly (???) Critical Acclaim for Keith Devlin’s Previous Book Mathematics: The Science of Patterns "A book such as this belongs in the personal library of everyone interested in learning about some of the most subtle and profound works of the human spirit." —American Scientist "Devlin’s very attractive book is a well-written attempt to explain mathematics to educated nonmathematicians … the basic ideas are presented in a clear, concise, and easily understood manner. Highly recommended." —Choice "[Devlin] has found an interesting way of exhibiting how mathematics is unified … the author’s presentation is a tour de force." —Mathematical Reviews A Selection of the Newbridge Library of Science and Reader’s Subscription |

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User Review - Not Available - Book VerdictAfter years of effort to create a computer that can really think, many workers in the field of artificial intelligence are now beginning to concede it may be impossible. Mathematician and science ... Read full review

### Contents

Patterns of Mind | 1 |

A Passion for Order | 21 |

The Laws of Thought | 50 |

Copyright | |

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