Euclid in the Rainforest

Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math
Product Number: EB00596885
Released: Mar 15, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101664872
Publisher: Plume
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Description

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. 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.

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Author(s): Joseph Mazur
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Jul 25, 2006

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