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

Front Cover
Plume, Jul 25, 2006 - Mathematics - 334 pages
1 Review
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.”

“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

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - nbmars - LibraryThing

"Whimsical" and mathematically "rigorous" are two concepts that seldom apply to the same book, but they do to Joseph Mazur's "Euclid in the Rainforest." ("Goedel, Escher, Bach" comes to mind.) Mazur ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Logic as an academic and intellectual discipline can be overwhelming and dry. But writing with the general reader or undergraduate student in mind, Mazur (mathematics, Marlboro Coll.) successfully ... Read full review


Encounters on the Aegean
Dr Mortimer I Presume?

3 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

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.

Bibliographic information