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Mathematics and Humor: A Study of the Logic of Humor

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John Allen Paulos cleverly scrutinizes the mathematical structures of jokes, puns, paradoxes, spoonerisms, riddles, and other forms of humor, drawing examples from such sources as Rabelais, Shakespeare, James Beattie, René Thom, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Koestler, W. C. Fields, and Woody Allen.

"Jokes, paradoxes, riddles, and the art of non-sequitur are revealed with great perception and insight in this illuminating account of the relationship between humor and mathematics."—Joseph Williams, New York Times

"'Leave your mind alone,' said a Thurber cartoon, and a really complete and convincing analysis of what humour is might spoil all jokes forever. This book avoids that danger. What it does. . .is describe broadly several kinds of mathematical theory and apply them to throw sidelights on how many kinds of jokes work."—New Scientist

"Many scholars nowadays write seriously about the ludicrous. Some merely manage to be dull. A few—like Paulos—are brilliant in an odd endeavor."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

Synopsis:

"Jokes, paradoxes, riddles, and the art of non-sequitur are revealed with great perception and insight in this illuminating account of the relationship between humor and mathematics."--Joseph Williams, "New York Times

"'Leave your "mind alone, ' said a Thurber cartoon, and a really complete and convincing analysis of what humour is might spoil all jokes forever. This book avoids that danger. What it does. . .is describe broadly several kinds of mathematical theory and apply them to throw sidelights on how many kinds of jokes work."--"New Scientist

"Many scholars nowadays write seriously about the ludicrous. Some merely manage to be dull. A few--like Paulos--are brilliant in an odd endeavor."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review

Synopsis:

John Allen Paulos cleverly scrutinizes the mathematical structures of jokes, puns, paradoxes, spoonerisms, riddles, and other forms of humor, drawing examples from such sources as Rabelais, Shakespeare, James Beattie, Rene Thom, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Koestler, W.C. Fields, and Woody Allen.

About the Author

John Allen Paulos is professor of mathematics at Temple University. His most recent book is Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences.

Table of Contents

1. Mathematics and Humor

2. Axioms, Levels, and Iteration

3. Self-Reference and Paradox

4. Humor, Grammar, and Philosophy

5. A Catastrophe Theory Model of Jokes and Humor

6. Odds and the End

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226650258
Author:
Paulos, John Allen
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Paulos, John Allen
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Wit and humor
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Wit and humor -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
19821131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
124
Dimensions:
8 x 8 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Jokes, paradoxes, riddles, and the art of non-sequitur are revealed with great perception and insight in this illuminating account of the relationship between humor and mathematics."--Joseph Williams, "New York Times

"'Leave your "mind alone, ' said a Thurber cartoon, and a really complete and convincing analysis of what humour is might spoil all jokes forever. This book avoids that danger. What it does. . .is describe broadly several kinds of mathematical theory and apply them to throw sidelights on how many kinds of jokes work."--"New Scientist

"Many scholars nowadays write seriously about the ludicrous. Some merely manage to be dull. A few--like Paulos--are brilliant in an odd endeavor."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Synopsis" by , John Allen Paulos cleverly scrutinizes the mathematical structures of jokes, puns, paradoxes, spoonerisms, riddles, and other forms of humor, drawing examples from such sources as Rabelais, Shakespeare, James Beattie, Rene Thom, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Koestler, W.C. Fields, and Woody Allen.
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