To Mock a Mockingbird: and Other Logic Puzzles

Paperback | April 14, 2004

byRaymond Smullyan

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In this entertaining and challenging collection of logic puzzles, Raymond Smullyan -- author of Forever Undecided -- continues to delight and astonish us with his gift for making available, in the thoroughly pleasurable form of puzzles, some of the most important mathematical thinking of ourtime. In the first part of the book, he transports us once again to that wonderful realm where knights, knaves, twin sisters, quadruplet brothers, gods, demons, and mortals either always tell the truth or always lie, and where truth-seekers are set a variety of fascinating problems. The sectionculminates in an enchanting and profound metapuzzle in which Inspector Craig of Scotland Yard gets involved in a search for the Fountain of Youth on the Island of Knights and Knaves. In the second part of To Mock a Mockingbird, we accompany the Inspector on a summer-long adventure into the field of combinatory logic (a branch of logic that plays an important role in computer science and artificial intelligence). His adventure, which includes enchanted forests, talking birds,bird sociologists, and a classic quest, provides for us along the way the pleasure of solving puzzles of increasing complexity until we reach the Master Forest and -- thanks to Godel's famous theorem -- the final revelation.

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In this entertaining and challenging collection of logic puzzles, Raymond Smullyan -- author of Forever Undecided -- continues to delight and astonish us with his gift for making available, in the thoroughly pleasurable form of puzzles, some of the most important mathematical thinking of ourtime. In the first part of the book, he tran...

Raymond Smullyan, a well-known mathematician and logician and the author of many books, is Oscar Ewing Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University and Professor Emeritus of the City University of New York-Lehman College and Graduate Center.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:April 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192801422

ISBN - 13:9780192801425

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Table of Contents

Part I - Logic Puzzles1. The Prize and Other Puzzles2. The Absentminded Logician3. The Barber of Seville4. The Mystery of the PhotographPart II - Knights, Knaves, and the Fountain of Youth5. Some Unusual Knights and Knaves6. Day-Knights and Night Knights7. Gods, Demons, and Mortals8. In Search of the Fountain of YouthPart III - To Mock a Mockingbird9. To Mock a Mockingbird10. s There a Sage Bird11. Birds Galore12. Mockingbirds, Warblers, and Starlings13. A Gallery of Sage BirdsPart IV - Singing Birds14. Curry's Lively Bird Forest15. Russell's Forrest16. The Forest Without a Name17. Godel's ForestPart V - The Master Forest18. The Master Forest19. Aristocratic Birds20. Craig's DiscoveryPart VI - The Grand Question21. The Fixed Point Principle22. A Glimpse into Infinity23. Logical Birds24. Birds That Can Do Arithmetic25. Is There an Ideal BirdEpilogueWho's Who Among the Birds