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Alice in Puzzle-Land

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A range of puzzles dealing with word play and logic, mathematics and philosophy, featuring Alice and the creatures of Wonderland.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 5th 1984 by Penguin Books (first published 1982)
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Riku Sayuj
Raymond Smullyan is famed to be a philosopher, logician, mathematician, musician, magician, humorist, writer, and maker of marvelous puzzles, and all these aspects and interests come forth in various chapters of the book, which follows on in his unique tradition of parodying great works of popular fiction. As the author says, “This book, like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, is truly for readers of all ages. By this I do not mean that al ...more
Margie
Mar 06, 2013 Margie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: math
This is a fun book of math, logic, and philosophical puzzles. The joy for me came from Smullyan's ability to channel Lewis Carroll. He used the characters, humor, and story lines from Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to great effect.

This is not, however, a math, logic, nor philosophy book. The answers are given in the back, along with a brief explanation of how the answer was reached. It doesn't explain the math/logic etc. I would have liked to have had more of an explanati
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Swarner
Raymond Smullyan is my Logician Dumbledore. I own and read every book of his I can get my hands on. Which is well over a dozen.
James Swenson
This is a nice collection of logical brain-teasers, by a famous and well-respected logician. The Alice in Wonderland hook unifies the book nicely, making it much more readable than a typical puzzle book.

I can't rate it more highly because, by the middle of the book, all the puzzles begin to seem the same, and one generally knows they can be solved simply by enumerating cases. Alice in Puzzle-Land is a nice resource for someone who's teaching a course in logic, but for people trying to entertain
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Maurizio Codogno
La Dover ha da poco ristampato, come sua abitudine a prezzo abbordabile, uno dei tanti libri di Raymond Smullyan, matematico noto per essere uno dei principali esponenti della corrente "esperti di problemi di logica". In questa sua opera, come dice il nome stesso, Smullyan si ispira ai libri di Lewis Carroll con protagonista Alice: i problemi hanno pertanto come personaggi il Cappellaio Matto, la Lepre Marzolina, lo Jabberwocky, il Cavaliere Bianco, Humpty Dumpty e via discorrendo. Smullyan è de ...more
Dave
This was a fun read. The puzzles in this book required a different kind of problem solving them what I am used to.

Some of the puzzles can be solved by simply enumerating all of the possible answers, then checking if they are correct. Those ones are not very entertaining.

The fun ones are the puzzles where you can figure out a trick to lead you quickly to the answer. Of course, finding the trick isn't easy if you haven't seen it before, but fortunately you get several chances to try the trick, and
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Alanna
This book is pure magic. The puzzles get harder and harder as you go along until your scribbles in the margin get quite manic. This is a gem that will remain on my bookshelf for my children and grandchildren.
Vasily Sabirov
Good mix of canonic math olympiad tasks. Characters who are familiar from the original book are better explained by their logical way here.
Lynn Tsai
Required reading! Wish I had this when I was young.
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