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Euclid in the Rainforest - by Joseph Mazur (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 334

Genre: Mathematics

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Plume Books

Age Range: Teen

Author: Joseph Mazur

Language: English

Street Date: August 1, 2006
TCIN: 77263020
UPC: 9780452287839
Item Number (DPCI): 247-53-1463

Description

Like Douglas Hofstadter's G�del, 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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