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The Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World that Doesn't

The Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World that Doesn't

Emotions are powerful. In newspaper headlines, on social media and in political debates, they have become the primary way of understanding the world around us. But emotions have a way of obscuring the truth, and of making it more difficult to see the reality behind the rhetoric. ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781788160384
Barcode 9781788160384
Published 29 August 2018 by Profile Books Ltd
Format Hardback, Main
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Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Cheng, Eugenia
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ISBN-13 9781788160384
ISBN-10 178816038X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date 29 August 2018
International Publication Date 5 July 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main
Edition Main
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Cheng, Eugenia
Category Logic
Mathematical Logic
Popular Science
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 31mm
Weight 507g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress First-order logic - Popular works, Emotions
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 511.3
Catalogue Code 936936

Description of this Book

Emotions are powerful. In newspaper headlines, on social media and in political debates, they have become the primary way of understanding the world around us. But emotions have a way of obscuring the truth, and of making it more difficult to see the reality behind the rhetoric. In Thinking Better, Eugenia Cheng shows how mathematical logic can help us cut through the emotive yet illogical arguments that companies and politicians use to deceive us. First Cheng explains how mathematicians use black-and-white logic to build clear, irrefutable arguments, and how we can recognise when someone is using false logic to mislead us. Then - using debate-provoking examples from the modern world ranging from the United Airlines passenger fiasco to the question of free public healthcare - she shows how we can learn to apply logic to our messy world, where black and white merge through infinite shades of grey. Clear-sighted, revelatory and filled with useful real-world examples of logic and illogic at work, Beyond Infinity is an essential guide to the mathematician's art of thinking better.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Witty, charming, and crystal clear. Eugenia Cheng's enthusiasm and carefully chosen metaphors and analogies carry us effortlessly through the mathematical landscape -- Ian Stewart Clear, clever and friendly -- Alex Bellos It takes a talented writer to bring the concept of infinity to life, but Cheng's infectious enthusiasm makes maths a delight * BBC Science Focus * A concert pianist, mathematician, polyglot and YouTube star, Cheng has carved out quite a niche for herself ... she brings an ebullient enthusiasm that's infectious * Guardian *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Eugenia Cheng is Honorary Fellow in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield and Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was educated at the University of Cambridge and did post-doctoral work at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. Since 2007 her YouTube lectures and videos have been viewed over a million times. A concert pianist, she also speaks French, English and Cantonese, and her mission in life is to rid the world of maths phobia. She is the author of How to Bake Pi and Beyond Infinity, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Society Science Book Prize.

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