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What is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles (Dover Recreational Math) Paperback – 28 Oct 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Unabridged edition (28 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486481980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486481982
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Raymond Smullyan received his PhD from Princeton University and has taught at Dartmouth, Princeton, Indiana University, and New York's Lehman College. Best known for his mathematical and creative logic puzzles and games, he is also a concert pianist and a magician.
Raymond Smullyan: The Merry Prankster
Raymond Smullyan (1919– ), mathematician, logician, magician, creator of extraordinary puzzles, philosopher, pianist, and man of many parts. The first Dover book by Raymond Smullyan was First-Order Logic (1995). Recent years have brought a number of his magical books of logic and math puzzles: The Lady or the Tiger (2009); Satan, Cantor and Infinity (2009); an original, never-before-published collection, King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles (2010); and Set Theory and the Continuum Problem (with Melvin Fitting, also reprinted by Dover in 2010). More will be coming in subsequent years.
In the Author's Own Words:
"Recently, someone asked me if I believed in astrology. He seemed somewhat puzzled when I explained that the reason I don't is that I'm a Gemini."
"Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements: they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled 'wrong.'" — Raymond Smullyan
Critical Acclaim for The Lady or the Tiger:
"Another scintillating collection of brilliant problems and paradoxes by the most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived." — Martin Gardner


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As the other reviewer said, this is an excellent book. Smullyan's style is engaging and entertaining. The riddles are excellent, and follow a learning curve that means you can actually learn to cope with them as you go through the book (well, so long as you have a mind for these things, I guess). From the first puzzle (two roads, 1 leads to safety and the other one to death, a knave and a knight, 1 question) to the last (count dracula's castle, filled with crazy and sane vampires, humans and other assorted logical monsters, 3 questions to find out if dracula's alive), you will learn to progressively twist your mind further and further out of shape until your friends kick you out of the pub for throwing one too many fiendish puzzle at them!
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I wish i could live in the same world as Raymond Smullyan! How does he get the time to think up these conundrums? Well, mostly it is his day job, and he gets paid to chat about these things to other academics. But what conversations! How i would love to be there. All of these problems are about language and how we use it, especially the words "true" and "false" and "lie", and about how complicated things can get if you think about those words hard enough -- while being far from dryasdust. you are drawn into a world where you have to think of a way of checking that your travelling companion is not a vampire, where you have a logical proof that Santa Claus exists, and Inspector Craig of Scotland Yard shows you how to analyse the meagre facts you have on suspects. My advice is buy this book, and lend it to nobody.
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I cannot believe that no-one else has written a review of this book. It is a little gem, and opens up a world of mathematical logic for the casual reader. Smullyan has a sense of the ridiculous, and his world of lazy islanders, Count Dracula, Werewolves and others brighten what could be a dry subject in the hands of other authors.
Now, if you will excuse me, I am trying to remember the words taught to me by lions which, if uttered will completely stop everything in the worl...
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I have brought several copies of this book for myself and friends. Written in a warm and light style it engages the reader and makes them think... This is also an enteratining book to share with children as it will help them develop a reasoning ability under a cloak of fun!
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i am absolutely delighted that Dover have re-printed this and others of Smullyan's books. Fabulous and challenging.
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Excellent book. It scales perfectly until you acquire a strong background on logic riddles.
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