Editorial Reviews. Review. “Devoid of complex proofs and dense mathematical language; “Joseph Mazur brilliantly explores the symbiotic relationship between the physical and the mathematical worlds A stylish and seductive book that. Buy Euclid In The Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math: Discovering the Universal Truth in Logic and Math by Joseph Mazur (ISBN. Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott Euclid in the Rainforest by Joseph Mazur A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Euclid’s Window by Leonard Mlodinow.

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This is an absolutely delightful book, full of insight, suffused with gentle humor-a picaresque novel of mathematics. What do we mean by proof and persuasion in the most symbolic of fields, Mazur asks, and responds with stories that effortlessly guide us to the heartland of reason. This is a fabulous book, in all senses, from beginning to end. Mazur is a talented teacher who knows his subject inside out, and his delightful stories take his readers to the heart of mathematics-logic and proof.

This original and charming book is accessible to anyone, te deserves major success. It should be assigned reading for all undergraduates in science.

Euclid in the Rainforest is rainfofest warm and creative masterpiece that reveals the spirit of mathematics. This book is a pleasure to read. Here are the pleasures of sitting with the author, as a young man, learning his craft in a Greenwich Village cafe from an old professor; and later on, teaching the craft in turn to an eight-year-old. By overhearing such conversations as these, the reader too is led to savor the beauties of mathematics.

The Pleasures of Mathematics. How do we know that something is true? How do we know that things really are what they seem? Many people think math and science are the ultimate authorities on reality. Math defines abstract, universal truths; scientific truths are established by experiments in the real world-but underlying both kinds of knowledge is logic.


In Euclid in the Rainforest, Joseph Mazur examines the three types of logic that are the basis of our knowledge about the world we live in: Through tales of great moments in the history of math and science, stories of students making discoveries in the classroom, and his own quirky adventures in the Greek Islands, New York, and the jungles of Rainfroest America, Mazur illuminates how we uncover truth in the tangled web of our experiences-and convince ourselves that we are right.

Euclid took the incipient logic of his jiseph to new heights with his magnificent geometry, the whole edifice of which is built on just five assumptions. That logic rigorously defined proof, cleverly avoiding problems with infinity that were introduced when the Pythagoreans discovered that the diagonal of a square could not be measured and Zeno of Elea used infinity to argue that motion is logically impossible.

It would be almost two millenia, though, before a good understanding of the logic infinity emerged and made all kinds of technology possible. Plausible reasoning-which is based on the math of probability- lets us assess the general conclusions we derive from specific cases in scientific studies. It gives us the confidence to believe that a conclusion reached today will be true tomorrow, ultimately driving scientific, and rainfoest, progress.

In lucid, ebullient language, Mazur, a professor of mathematics for over thirty years, makes the fundamentals of the three fundamental types of logic widely accessible for the first time. Deeper questions at the heart of the process of discovery are laid bare: What does it mean to believe a proof?


Where does the finite end and the infinite begin?

How can we be sure that the statements we make about the material world are accurate? Exposing the josepu roles of intuition, belief and persuasion in logic and math, Mazur tells a real-life detective story that has been going on for millenia: Logic as an academic and intellectual discipline can be overwhelming and dry.

Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math by Joseph Mazur

But writing with the general reader or undergraduate student in mind, Mazur mathematics, Marlboro Coll. Joseph Mazur is Professor of Mathematics at Marlboro College where he has taught a wide range of classes in all areas of mathematics, its history and philosophy.

He holds a Ph. He lives with his wife in Vermont. Account Options Sign in.

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