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Symbolic Logic and the Game of Logic [Paperback]

Lewis Carroll
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June 1 1958 Dover Recreational Math
In this unique fusion of logical thought and inimitable whimsy, Over 350 ingenious problems involve classical logic: logic is expressed in terms of symbols; syllogisms and the sorites are diagrammed; logic becomes a game played with 2 diagrams and a set of counters. Two books bound as one.

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Yes, this is the Lewis Carroll who wrote Alice in Wonderland, and these two works show the same quirky humor. Here you see Carroll the mathematician at his playful best. Don't let the title of the first work mislead you--this isn't about modern symbolic logic but about ways of expressing classical logic with symbols. It's loaded with amusing problems to delight any mathematical puzzler. In the second work he turns logic into a game played with diagrams and colored counters, giving you hundreds of challenging and witty syllogisms to solve. Great mind-stretching fun.

About the Author

Lewis Carroll (1832–98) was the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, are rich repositories of his sparkling gifts for wordplay, logic, and fantasy.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise, engaging, great for self-learners Dec 28 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Kindle edition is a little strange; I can't seem to find the references diagrams in it, although web searching the book will help you on those occasions.

It's a short book that touches mostly on the basics of symbolic logic, so it might be stuff that you've already learned in middle school math class. However, Carroll will probably make this topic a thousand times clearer than your teacher could dream to. He simplifies most propositions into one of only three forms, so you wouldn't have a hard time remembering. And if you're struggling with converting sentences into letters, you have his logic diagrams to aid you reach your conclusions (he claims his diagrams to be much more efficient than Euler's and more complete than Venn's, although he's kinda pushing it on that later claim. His diagrams are definitely simpler to use for small discussions).

His comments on other popular views of the topic are a must-read; they will let you judge where Carroll and his book stand in the topic before you move on to his subsequent writings or to other authors. Now wish me luck as I try to find a similarly great summary of Russell and Whitehead's epic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds us that math can be FUN Jan. 20 2000
Format:Paperback
Math is fun, but the rhetoric of most 'taught' (probably an overstatement) math (and, by extension, logic) is so incredibly dry that the forest is rarely seen for the bark on the trees. But here Carroll, with tongue lodged firmly in cheek, turns the rhetoric (and by extension, the way we think about math problems) on its ear, and the result is an often incredibly funny approach to math and logic problems which stays with you and ultimately worms its way into your quotidian. I'll also say that, as an atrociously poor student in high school, this book allowed me to ace the SATs, and then ten years later the GREs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book to teach logic to children May 25 1999
Format:Paperback
This book by Lewis Carroll is a wonderful source to learn the basics of logic in a funny and natural way. It can be used as a self-study guide or as a manual for educators teaching elements of logic to schoolchildren. It is very clear and consequent and gives the basic idea of propositions and syllogisms. The theory is framed in an unusual game that makes it much more understandable. As always Carroll's examples are a little bit absurdic but this is exactly what makes them humorous, attractive and involving. The book is also a great brain teaser for readers of all ages. Unfortunately it is not as well known as Alice in Wonderland but it has been translated into many foreign languages. I widely used the Russain translation when teaching logic to schoolchildren in St. Petersburg, Russia. Currently being a doctoral student in the States I try to introduce it to my colleagues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book to teach logic to children May 25 1999
By Sergei Mikhelson (ssm21@columbia.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
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This book by Lewis Carroll is a wonderful source to learn the basics of logic in a funny and natural way. It can be used as a self-study guide or as a manual for educators teaching elements of logic to schoolchildren. It is very clear and consequent and gives the basic idea of propositions and syllogisms. The theory is framed in an unusual game that makes it much more understandable. As always Carroll's examples are a little bit absurdic but this is exactly what makes them humorous, attractive and involving. The book is also a great brain teaser for readers of all ages. Unfortunately it is not as well known as Alice in Wonderland but it has been translated into many foreign languages. I widely used the Russain translation when teaching logic to schoolchildren in St. Petersburg, Russia. Currently being a doctoral student in the States I try to introduce it to my colleagues.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds us that math can be FUN Jan. 20 2000
By Philip Welsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Math is fun, but the rhetoric of most 'taught' (probably an overstatement) math (and, by extension, logic) is so incredibly dry that the forest is rarely seen for the bark on the trees. But here Carroll, with tongue lodged firmly in cheek, turns the rhetoric (and by extension, the way we think about math problems) on its ear, and the result is an often incredibly funny approach to math and logic problems which stays with you and ultimately worms its way into your quotidian. I'll also say that, as an atrociously poor student in high school, this book allowed me to ace the SATs, and then ten years later the GREs.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This ain't Wonderland July 21 2006
By KnottyFella - Published on Amazon.com
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Some books you read to relax, some to learn, and some...well, some will make you think and wonder and grow. This is one of those.

The problems here have been around for more than a century, and yet they are still as effective in teaching logic as the day they were written.

If you are getting ready for the LSAT, this is not a bad place to start. If you just want to tease your intellect, this is a great source for hours of amusement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coming from a great writer of children's tales, you'll easily learn the very basic terms of logic, almost like children's play. Sept. 4 2013
By Carlos Valdes - Published on Amazon.com
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On the one side, you will learn what was the method Lewis Carroll used to compose his tales, the method behind the contradictions, puzzles and paradoxes in his books; on the other side, it is a very good introductory book on logic, specially for young readers. After a classification of the objects and tools of logic, he teaches how to solve simple but interesting logic problems. All of this while you have fun and enjoy the easy reading and get acquainted with what is considered by the majority a difficult subject. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Carroll does a clear primer on deductive logic - no craziness - no puns - just a straight up textbook. Jan. 5 2014
By jaimeshawn - Published on Amazon.com
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Lewis Carroll does a clear primer on deductive logic - no craziness - this is just a clear text on logic.
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