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Mathematics and Humor: A Study Of The Logic Of Humor Paperback – 15 Nov 1982

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (15 Nov. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780226650258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226650258
  • ASIN: 0226650251
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,503,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Analyzes the logical structure of various types of mathematical proofs and jokes, showing how humor and mathematics are related by common creative processes and discussing Thom's "catastrophe theory" to describe how switches, reversals, and jumps in meaning are used in humor.

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John Allen Paulos cleverly scrutinizes the mathematical structures of jokes, puns, paradoxes, spoonerisms, riddles, and other forms of humor, drawing examples from such sources as Rabelais, Shakespeare, James Beattie, Rene Thom, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Koestler, W.C. Fields, and Woody Allen.

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