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Honoring the current passing of its creator, Raymond M. Smullyan, at age 97

If you happen to’ve by no means heard of Raymond Smullyan or encountered any of his books on logic and arithmetic (or reverse chess issues, faith, and philosophy), you might be within the lucky place of studying about him and encountering his inescapably participating puzzle-posing for the primary time. To take action is to enter right into a incredible world occupied by islands of Knights (who at all times inform the reality) and Knaves (who at all times lie); forests of Lions who lie on Mondays by means of Wednesdays and inform the reality the remainder of the week, and Unicorns who’re truthful save for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; of a rustic (Transylvania, in fact), the place people at all times inform the reality, vampires at all times lie, however half the inhabitants is insane and believes solely false propositions to be true and vice versa.

You would possibly end up in a land the place natives can solely reply yes-or-no questions, however with phrases of which you don’t know the that means. Or be transported to Italy, the place should decide whether or not a given casket comprises a jewel, based mostly solely on logic and your evaluation of statements on the lid of every casket. With Smullyan, you possibly can at all times crack the issue at hand, in the event you hold your wits about you. And periodically, he injects sections of issues designed to extra explicitly train you among the methods of the commerce that logicians use.

Whether or not you’re a younger novice or getting older retiree, in the event you’re searching for the pleasure of looking down the options to tantalizing logical gems, being teased by a superb mathematical logician, or just entertained by the endlessly amusing eventualities wherein he embeds his puzzles, classes, and “monkey methods,” you’ll discover no higher beginning place than to find WHAT IS THE NAME OF THIS BOOK?