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The Riddle of Scheherazade [Paperback]

Raymond M. Smullyan
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1 Sep 1999 Harvest Book
In this devilishly fun new puzzle book, Raymond Smullyan, the grand master of the logic puzzle, lends a helpinghand to Scheherazade from the Arabian Nights. Fresh from the perils of the original thousand-and-one-nights, she is once again in danger of losing her head at dawn. Thinking quickly, she manages to stay her execution each evening by posing an ingenious brainteaser that keeps the king -- and the reader -- guessing until the next night. In all, "The Riddle of Scheherazade" includes 225 puzzles, some wonderful old brainteasers, and many wickedly original new ones. There are logic tricks and number games, true/false paradoxes, puzzles "about" puzzles, and much more, including an excursion into an amusing new field Smullyan calls "coercive logic, " in which to answer truthfully the puzzler must actually change his behavior. Enough mind-bending fun for "another" thousand-and-one-nights.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Learning; 1st Harvest Ed edition (1 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156006065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156006064
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It will be remembered that in the usual version of the Arabian Nights, a certain monarch, having reason to believe in the infidelity of his queen, not only had her put to death but vowed by his beard and the Prophet to espouse each night the most beautiful maiden in his dominions, and the next morning to deliver her to the executioner. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and informative 31 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the best brain teasers I've come across. Has hours of fun with the kids. even had to brig the pen and paper out! Would definitely recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from Smullyan 16 July 2010
By Fred C.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Smullyan's books mix recreational math with entertainment, the author liked them to be called "math novels". Having read several Smullyan's books I can tell this book is also really good. Puzzles and riddles from it are not only logical, but recreational mathematics in general. There is a second part centered in coercive logic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's never been so much fun to learn. 26 May 1999
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This book is a cleaverly crafted web of logic problems with thier corresponding solutions. It begins with simple riddles and math problems then quickly leads you to deeper and more facinating problems. These puzzles are arranged in a wonderful narrative with the problems getting increasing complex. Depending on your level of interest, some of the more complex puzzles can easliy go over your head if you let them. The book is definately a lot of fun for math and logic buffs that enjoy being entertained and challenged.
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