The Art of Logic in an Illogical World

The Art of Logic in an Illogical World

by Eugenia Cheng

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How both logical and emotional reasoning can help us live better in our post-truth world

In a world where fake news stories change election outcomes, has rationality become futile? In The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, Eugenia Cheng throws a lifeline to readers drowning in the illogic of contemporary life. Cheng is a mathematician, so she knows how to make an airtight argument. But even for her, logic sometimes falls prey to emotion, which is why she still fears flying and eats more cookies than she should. If a mathematician can't be logical, what are we to do? In this book, Cheng reveals the inner workings and limitations of logic, and explains why alogic--for example, emotion--is vital to how we think and communicate. Cheng shows us how to use logic and alogic together to navigate a world awash in bigotry, mansplaining, and manipulative memes. Insightful, useful, and funny, this essential book is for anyone who wants to think more clearly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541672505
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 314,695
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Eugenia Cheng is the scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Sheffield. The author of How to Bake Pi and Beyond Infinity, she lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I The Power of Logic

1 Why logic? 3

2 What logic is 22

3 The directionality of logic 42

4 Opposites and falsehoods 58

5 Blame and responsibility 81

6 Relationships 101

7 How to be right 115

Part II The Limits of Logic

8 Truth and humans 129

9 Paradoxes 147

10 Where logic can't help us 165

Part III Beyond Logic

11 Axioms 183

12 Fine lines and gray areas 191

13 Analogies 208

14 Equivalence 235

15 Emotions 262

16 Intelligence and rationality 278

Acknowledgments 299

Index 301

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Could not stop reading - Absolutely fascinating book!!!!