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Description - Euclid In The Rainforest by Joseph Mazur

This work talks about the logic of nature and the nature of logic. Like Douglas Hofstadter's Godel, 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. 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 maths 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780452287839
ISBN-10: 0452287839
Format: Paperback / softback
(188mm x 139mm x mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Plume
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joseph Mazur

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. He lives with his wife in Vermont.

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