Euclid in the rainforest: discovering the universal truth in logic and mathLike 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 lessthanairtight 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.” —Choice “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 realworld 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 
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User Review  Paolo Merolla  GoodreadsJoseph Mazur illuminates how we uncover truth in the tangled web of our experiences–and convince ourselves that we are right. Read full review
Review: Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math
User Review  GoodreadsJoseph Mazur illuminates how we uncover truth in the tangled web of our experiences–and convince ourselves that we are right. Read full review
Contents
Infinity  86 
Encounters on the Aegean  109 
Dr Mortimer I Presume?  245 
Copyright  
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