King Arthur in Search of His Dog and Other Curious Puzzles (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Paperback)

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Puzzle-lovers of all ages will gobble up this smorgasbord of riddles, mysteries, and logic problems. The fanciful four-part collection begins with arithmetic puzzles for younger readers and advances to logic problems related to crime detection. Part three features logic and arithmetic puzzles involving King Arthur and his Dogs of the Round Table. This compilation of original conundrums concludes with Merlin's elaborate plan for a grand search to locate the king's missing dog.
The author of more than twenty books, mathematician Raymond Smullyan is also a magician and musician with decades of experience in keeping audiences entertained. Many of his stories are rooted in classic puzzles, but his innovative approaches offer even the most mathematically knowledgeable readers novel ways of thinking about traditional logic problems. Fifteen chapters abound in riddles and other playful devices, and the creative solutions are as much fun as the puzzles.

About the Author


Raymond Smullyan received his PhD from Princeton University and taught at Dartmouth, Princeton, Indiana University, and New York's Lehman College. Best known for his mathematical and creative logic puzzles and games, he was also a concert pianist and a magician. He wrote over a dozen books of logic puzzles and texts on mathematical logic. Raymond Smullyan: The Merry Prankster Raymond Smullyan (1919-2017), 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


Product Details
ISBN: 9780486474359
ISBN-10: 0486474356
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2010
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Dover Books on Mathematics