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Monday, September 8, 2014

"Why Study Paradoxes?"


Given my fondness for paradoxes… and, for Raymond Smullyan... I couldn't help but love this weekend post from Ray T. Cook on paradoxes (and why to study them) at Oxford University Press blog:

http://tinyurl.com/ppvg4cp

After offering his own example that he once posed to the master logician Smullyan, Cook goes on to talk about the mathematical complexity of paradoxes before ending thusly:
"...that's why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered."
Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf
that’s why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf
that’s why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf
And that’s why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf
And that’s why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf
that’s why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf
that’s why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf
that’s why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf
that’s why I work on paradoxes: their surprising mathematical complexity and mathematical beauty. Fortunately for me, there is still a lot of work that remains to be done, and a lot of complexity and beauty remaining to be discovered. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/why-study-paradoxes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblogmathematics#sthash.VxyOQRJg.dpuf

Also, Ray has apparently written a short book entirely on Yablo's Paradox which I've mentioned here before (and which the above post is related to):
http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199669608.do


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