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Symbolic Logic and the Game of Logic

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Over 350 ingenious problems involving classical logic: logic is expressed in terms of symbols; syllogisms and the sorites are diagrammed; logic becomes a game played with two diagrams and a set of counters. Two books bound as one.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1958)
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Camille Dent (TheCamillion)
Comprehensive and cleverly written! Having studied symbolic logic before, I cannot speak on the instructive quality for a complete beginner, though I believe I read in Universe in a Handkerchief by Martin Gardner that one of his child friends that he originally wrote The Game of Logic for did not quite understand it. However, I was fascinated by this method of exploring logic and enjoyed applying already acquired knowledge to the concepts. Reading both of these books together was pretty redundan ...more
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Jan 27, 2015 Tom Schulte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carroll's book is an engaging, even playful, introduction to Basic Logic. Especially his diagram method I find particularly illustrative and worth of today's classroom. Also very enlightening is his side-by-side comparison of his method and those of Euclid and Venn. The second book, "The Game of Logic", is a literal board game based on syllogisms based on his method.

Very little archaisms get in the way, here.
Oct 20, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who love Lewis Carrol and Math
Recommended to Suzanne by: Rick Olson
Genius! Clever. Inspired! Mathematical and wonderful!!! Loved every bit of it!
Jun 30, 2008 Lewis rated it it was amazing
Stunning, thought-provoking, maddeningly brilliant.
Alexandre Guay
Un petit livre amusant qui permet de comprendre le chemin parcouru en logique des prédicats au 20e siècle car il fut écrit avant les grands développements de la logique mathématique. Les exercices sont particulièrement bien faits. Il faut tout de même dire que l'un des plaisirs de ce livre est de savoir qu'il fut écrit par Lewis Carroll. On ne peut s'empêcher d'y chercher des traces du style du grand auteur.
Oct 17, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
How I wish I could say I really read the whole book. I skimmed it and dreamed of the day I could dedicate sufficient time to mastering the game of logic. Anyone with a mathematical and analytical mind would find this a wonderful book.
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The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.

His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.

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