Joseph Mazur is Professor of Mathematics at Marlboro College, where he has taught a wide range of classes in all areas of mathematics, its history, and philosophy. He lives with his wife in Vermont.
Logic as an academic and intellectual discipline can be overwhelming and dry. But writing with the general reader or undergraduate student in mind, Mazur (mathematics, Marlboro Coll.) successfully explores how mathematical logic and proof are essential building blocks to understanding knowledge and universal truths. In brief chapters, he draws on the philosophy and geometry of the ancient Greeks and incorporates historical vignettes and personal narratives to examine the three types of logic (classical logic, plausible reasoning, and infinity) that we use to determine whether something is true. Mazur clearly demonstrates how the validity of arguments and truthfulness can be revealed through the rules of logic, debate, and the principals of mathematics. Although there are some simple diagrams and figures, his text is devoid of complex proofs and dense mathematical language; instead, the author has drawn upon his experiences as a formative teacher to create a book rich in content that connects with real-world experiences. Suitable for large public and academic libraries.-Ian Gordon, Brock Univ. Lib., St. Catharines, Ont. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Devoid of complex proofs and dense mathematical language; instead, the author has drawn upon his experience as a formative teacher to create a book rich in content that connects with real-world experiences." - Library Journal "Joseph Mazur brilliantly explores the symbiotic relationship between the physical and the mathematical worlds... A stylish and seductive book that convinces the mind even as it delights the soul" - PEN American Centre."