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The Art of Logic

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 336
Subject: Philosophy & Ideas, Science & Mathematics

The Art of Logic

How to Make Sense in a World that Doesn't

Eugenia Cheng

A survival guide for our post-truth world using the timeless methods of logic, from a Royal Society Prize shortlisted mathematician

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788160384 (Published 5 Jul 2018)
£14.99

About the book

Emotions are powerful. In newspaper headlines and on social media, they have become the primary way of understanding the world. But strong feelings make it more difficult to see the reality behind the rhetoric. In The Art of Logic, Eugenia Cheng shows how mathematical logic can help us see things more clearly - and know when politicians and companies are trying to mislead us.

First Cheng explains how to use black-and-white logic to illuminate the world around us, giving us new insight into thorny political questions like public healthcare, Black Lives Matter and Brexit. Then she explains how logic and emotions, used side-by-side, can help us not only to be more rational individuals, but also to live more thoughtfully.

Clear-sighted, revelatory and filled with useful real-life examples of logic and illogic at work, The Art of Logic is an essential guide to decoding modern life.

About the author

Eugenia Cheng is Honorary Fellow in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield and Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was educated at the University of Cambridge and did post-doctoral work at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. Since 2007 her YouTube lectures and videos have been viewed over a million times. A concert pianist, she also speaks French, English and Cantonese, and her mission in life is to rid the world of maths phobia. She is the author of How to Bake Pi and Beyond Infinity, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Society Science Book Prize.

Reviews

Witty, charming, and crystal clear. Eugenia Cheng's enthusiasm and carefully chosen metaphors and analogies carry us effortlessly through the mathematical landscape

- Ian Stewart

Clear, clever and friendly

- Alex Bellos

It takes a talented writer to bring the concept of infinity to life, but Cheng's infectious enthusiasm makes maths a delight

- BBC Science Focus

A concert pianist, mathematician, polyglot and YouTube star, Cheng has carved out quite a niche for herself ... she brings an ebullient enthusiasm that's infectious

- Guardian

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 336
Subject: Philosophy & Ideas, Science & Mathematics

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