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# Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math

by
Joseph Mazur

Like Douglas Hofstadter’s

logic—the one indispensable tool in man’s quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Gre ...more

**Gödel, Escher, Bach**, and David Berlinski’s**A Tour of the Calculus**,**Euclid in the Rainforest**combines the literary with the mathematical to explorelogic—the one indispensable tool in man’s quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Gre ...more

Paperback, 352 pages

Published
July 25th 2006
by Plume
(first published 2004)

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I really, really wanted to like this book. The table of contents sounded so interesting: infinity! logic! how math pertains to reality! But, the further I got into the book, the more frustrated I became. Each section -- infinity, logic, and reality -- contains several chapters, but it's never clear to the reader how each chapter relates to the overarching theme. Moreover, each chapter itself seemed just like a collection of math-related stories, one after the other, with no obvious link. (I'm su ...more

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Fascinating look into the world of mathematical understanding and past theoretical discoveries

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Very interesting book. Though the subject matter is mathematics, it reads like a good story.

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