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The Paradoxicon

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This is an illustrated guide to a wonderland of reason where nothing is as it seems, through a maze of mental curiosities and contradictions. It discusses paradoxes of all types--mathematical, logical, scientific, philosophical and more. Though many involve sophisticated concepts and logical reasoning, none requires a highly technical background-knowledge of ordinary langu ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published November 8th 1990 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 1983)
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Aries
Cos’è un paradosso? Come dice l’autore è “un’affermazione contraria a quanto ci si aspetta o alla credenza comune”.
Personalmente ho sempre trovato il concetto di paradosso assolutamente intrigante, il classico tipo di masturbazione mentale che può fare trascorrere una serata tra discussioni più o meno profonde ed il rischio di mandarsi a quel paese.
Ma i paradossi rappresentano anche elementi fondamentali nell’approfondimento di aspetti teorico-matematici che possono inficiare teorie universalmen
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Eleclyah

Dai celebri paradossi di Zenone, ai più famosi paradossi visivi (come quelli dei disegni di Escher), a quelli matematici e topologici; paradossi del tempo e dello spazio, figure impossibili e illusioni ottiche.
La spiegazione di questi, e di molti altri, con approfondimenti e varianti, ci viene fornita da Falletta nel suo libro, che credo non possa mancare nella libreria di chi ama la matematica.

Il libro tratta i seguenti argomenti:
1. Figure ambigue
2. Il paradosso di Anfibio
3. Il paradosso del ba

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Amanda
Fairly thorough, but somewhat repetitive and not always as clear as it could be. Probably nothing new for anyone who's read anything even general about paradoxes, but still some of it's worth checking out.
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