Sleight of Mind

Sleight of Mind 75 Ingenious Paradoxes in Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy

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Publisher's Synopsis

Paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick. A magician's purpose is to create the appearance of impossibility, to pull a rabbit from an empty hat. Yet paradox doesn't require tangibles, like rabbits or hats. Paradox works in the abstract, with words and concepts and symbols, to create the illusion of contradiction. There are no contradictions in reality, but there can appear to be. In Sleight of Mind, Matt Cook and a few collaborators dive deeply into more than 75 paradoxes in mathematics, physics, philosophy, and the social sciences. As each paradox is discussed and resolved, Cook helps readers discover the meaning of knowledge and the proper formation of concepts—and how reason can dispel the illusion of contradiction.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262542296
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 476g
Height: 144mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 22mm