9780486296647

Mathematical Fallacies and Paradoxes

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486296647

  • ISBN10:

    0486296644

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1997-07-01
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Summary

Stimulating, thought-provoking analysis of a number of the most interesting intellectual inconsistencies in mathematics, physics and language. Delightful elucidations of methods for misunderstanding the real world of experiment (Aristotle's Circle paradox), being led astray by algebra (De Morgan's paradox) and other mind-benders. Some high school algebra and geometry is assumed; any other math needed is developed in text. Reprint of 1982 edition.

Table of Contents

Preface v
1 Thinking Wrong about Easy Ideas
1(37)
2 Thinking Wrong about Infinity
38(36)
3 Using a Wrong Idea to Find Truth
74(20)
4 Speaking with Forked Tongue
94(16)
5 Paradoxes That Count
110(30)
6 The Limits of Thought?
140(21)
7 Misunderstanding Space and Time
161(30)
8 Moving against Infinity
191(20)
Selected Further Reading 211(2)
Index 213

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