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Smullyan, Raymond M.

Works: 129 works in 747 publications in 14 languages and 15,435 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea  Anecdotes  Juvenile works  Parodies, imitations, etc  Biography 
Roles: Author, Dedicatee
Classifications: QA9.65, 793.73
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Most widely held works about Raymond M Smullyan
Most widely held works by Raymond M Smullyan
Gödel's incompleteness theorems by Raymond M Smullyan( )
25 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An introduction to the work of the mathematical logician Kurt Godel, which guides the reader through his Theorem of Undecidability and his theories on the completeness of logic, the incompleteness of numbers and the consistency of the axiom of choice
Who knows? a study of religious consciousness by Raymond M Smullyan( )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Is there really a God, and if so, what is God actually like? Is there an afterlife, and if so, is there such a thing as eternal punishment for unrepentant sinners, as many orthodox Christians and Muslims believe? And is it really true that our unconscious minds are connected to a higher spiritual reality, and if so, could this higher spiritual reality be the very same thing that religionists call "God"? In his latest book, Raymond M. Smullyan invites the reader to explore some beautiful and some horrible
The lady or the tiger? : and other logic puzzles, including a mathematical novel that features Gödel's great discovery by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
75 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Most of this book is indeed in the form of a narrative, and a good alternative titlefor it would be "The Mystery of the Monte Carlo Lock," since the last half concerns a case which inspector Craig of Scotland Yard must discover a combination that will open the lock of a safe in Monte Carlo to prevent a disaster
Recursion theory for metamathematics by Raymond M Smullyan( )
20 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This work is a sequel to the author's Godel's Incompleteness Theorems, though it can be read independently by anyone familiar with Godel's incompleteness theorem for Peano arithmetic. The book deals mainly with those aspects of recursion theory that have applications to the metamathematics of incompleteness, undecidability, and related topics. It is both an introduction to the theory and a presentation of new results in the field.℗¡
Forever undecided : a puzzle guide to Gödel by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
50 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Forever Undecided is the most challenging yet of Raymond Smullyan's puzzle collections. It is, at the same time, an introduction'ingenious, instructive, entertaining'to GOdel's famous theorems. With all the wit and charm that have delighted readers of his previous books, Smullyan transports us once again to that magical island where knights always tell the truth and knaves always lie. Here we meet a new and amazing array of characters, visitors to the island, seeking to determine the natives' identities. Among them: the census-taker McGregor; a philosophical-logician in search of his flighty bird-wife, Oona; and a regiment of Reasoners (timid ones, normal ones, conceited, modest, and peculiar ones) armed with the rules of propositional logic (if X is true, then so is Y). By following the Reasoners through brain-tingling exercises and adventures'including journeys into the "other possible worlds" of Kripke semantics'even the most illogical of us come to understand GOdel's two great theorems on incompleteness and undecidability, some of their philosophical and mathematical implications, and why we, like GOdel himself, must remain Forever Undecided!
What is the name of this book? : the riddle of Dracula and other logical puzzles by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
31 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In his most critically acclaimed work, a well-known mathematician, magician, and author spins a logical labyrinth of more than 200 increasingly complex and challenging problems - puzzles that delve into some of the deepest paradoxes of logic and set theory. Solutions."The most original, most profound, and most humorous collection of recreational logic and math problems ever written." - Martin Gardner"--
First-order logic by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
47 editions published between 1968 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The tao is silent by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
31 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Tao Is Silent Is Raymond Smullyan's beguiling and whimsical guide to the meaning and value of eastern philosophy to westerners. "To me," Writes Smullyan, "Taoism means a state of inner serenity combined with an intense aesthetic awareness. Neither alone is adequate; a purely passive serenity is kind of dull, and an anxiety-ridden awareness is not very appealing." This is more than a book on Chinese philosophy. It is a series of ideas inspired by Taoism that treats a wide variety of subjects about life in general. Smullyan sees the Taoist as "one who is not so much in search of something he hasn't, but who is enjoying what he has." Readers will be charmed and inspired by this witty, sophisticated, yet deeply religious author, whether he is discussing gardening, dogs, the art of napping, or computers who dream that they're human
To mock a mocking bird and other logic puzzles : including an amazing adventure in combinatory logic by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
31 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this entertaining and challenging new collection of logic puzzles, Raymond Smullyan'author of What Is the Name of This Book' And The Lady or the Tiger''continues to delight and astonish us with his gift for making available, in the thoroughly pleasurable form of puzzles, some of the most important mathematical thinking of our time. In the first part of the book, he transports us once again to that wonderful realm where knights, knaves, twin sisters, quadruplet brothers, gods, demons, and mortals either always tell the truth or always lie, and where truth-seekers are set a variety of fascinating problems. The section culminates in an enchanting and profound metapuzzle (a puzzle about a puzzle), in which Inspector Craig of Scotland Yard gets involved in a search of the Fountain of Youth on the Island of Knights and Knaves. In the second and larger section, we accompany the Inspector on a summer-long adventure into the field of combinatory logic (a branch of logic that plays an important role in computer science and artificial intelligence). His adventure, which includes enchanted forests, talking birds, bird sociologists, and a classic quest, provides for us along the way the pleasure of solving puzzles of increasing complexity until we reach the Master Forest and'thanks to GOdel's famous theorem'the final revelation. To Mock a Mockingbird will delight all puzzle lovers'the curious neophytes as well as the serious students of logic, mathematics, or computer science
Theory of formal systems by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
51 editions published between 1959 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Satan, Cantor, and infinity : and other mind-boggling puzzles by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
31 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
More than two hundred new and challenging logic puzzles'the simplest brainteaser to the most complex paradoxes in contemporary mathematical thinking'from our topmost puzzlemaster ("the most entertaining logician who ever lived," Martin Gardner has called him). Our guide to the puzzles is the Sorcerer, who resides on the Island of Knights and Knaves, where knights always tell the truth and knaves always lie, and he introduces us to the amazing magic'logic'that enables to discover which inhabitants are which. Then, in a picaresque adventure in logic, he takes us to the planet Og, to the Island of Partial Silence, and to a land where metallic robots wearing strings of capital letters are noisily duplicating and dismantling themselves and others. The reader's job is to figure out how it all works. Finally, we accompany the Sorcerer on an alluring tour of Infinity which includes George Cantor's amazing mathematical insights. The tour (and the book) ends with Satan devising a diabolical puzzle for one of Cantor's prize students'who outwits him! In sum: a devilish magician's cornucopia of puzzles'a delight for every age and level of ability
Alice in puzzle-land : a Carrollian tale for children under eighty by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
10 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beloved classic describes a little girl's adventures in a topsy-turvy land underground and her encounters with such improbable characters as the White Rabbit, March Hare and Mad Hatter, the sleepy Dormouse, grinning Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, and the dreadful Queen of Hearts. Includes all 42 of Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations
The chess mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
16 editions published between 1979 and 1994 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5000 B.C. and other philosophical fantasies by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
11 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Five Thousand B.C. and Other Philosophical Fantasies by Raymond Smullyan is a collection of paradoxes, dialogues, problems, and essays exploring philosophical ideas. This fascinating book will challenge your understanding of reality, truth, morality, existence, and death. Raymond Smullyan is a logician, mathematician, and philosopher and is the author of books including The Tao Is Silent, What Is the Name of This Book', To Mock a Mockinbird and others
The riddle of Scheherazade, and other amazing puzzles, ancient & modern by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
10 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In his new book, Raymond Smullyan, grand vizier of the logic puzzle, joins Scheherazade, a charming young woman of "fantastic logical ingenuity," to give us 1001 hours of brain-teasing fun. Scheherazade, we find, has gotten back into hot water with the king, and is once more in danger of losing her head at down. But, thinking quickly, she tempts the king to stay her execution by posing him the most delightfully devious mathematical and logic puzzle ever invented. They keep him guessing for many more nights until the fatal hour has passed, and she keeps her head. The Riddle of Scheherazade includes several wonderful old chestnuts and many fiendishly original puzzles, 225 in all. There are logic tricks and number games, metapuzzles (puzzles about puzzles), liar/truth-teller exercises, GOdelian brian twisters, baffling paradoxes, and an excursion, under Scheherazade's expert guidance, into an amusing new field invented by Smullyan, called "coercive" logic, in which the answer to a problem can actually change the fate of the puzzler! An absolute must for all puzzle fans'from the middle-school whiz to the sophisticated mathematician or computer scientist
Diagonalization and self-reference by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
14 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book needs no title : a budget of living paradoxes by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
14 editions published between 1980 and 1998 in English and Slovenian and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Logical labyrinths by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book features a unique approach to the teaching of mathematical logic by putting it in the context of the puzzles and paradoxes of common language and rational thought. It serves as a bridge from the autho's puzzle books to his technical writing in the fascinating field of mathematical logic. --from publisher description
Set theory and the continuum problem by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
15 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book is intended to provide the reader with a complete foundation in modern set theory: how the subject is axiomatized, what ordinal and cardinal numbers are, what the role of the axiom of choice is, what constructible sets are, what forcing is"--p. [iii]
The chess mysteries of the Arabian knights by Raymond M Smullyan( Book )
14 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Five Ace Merrill
Merrill Smullyan, Raymond 1919-
Smal'ân, R.
Smalʹjan, R. 1919-
Smallian, Raĭmond M. 1919-
Smallian, Reĭmond M.
Smallian, Reimond M. 1919-
Smallian, Rèjmond M.
Smallian, Rejmond M. 1919-
Smullyan, R. M.
Smullyan, Ray
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Smullyan, Raymond 1919-
Smullyan, Raymond M. 1919-
Smullyan, Raymond Merrill.
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Sumarian, Reimondo 1919-
Смаллиан, Рэймонд М 1919-
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スマリヤン, レイモンド
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