Synopses & Reviews
In this devilishly fun new puzzle book, Raymond Smullyan, the grand master of the logic puzzle, lends a helping hand to Scheherazade from the Arabian Nights.
Fresh from the perils of the original thousand-and-one-nights, she is once again in danger of losing her head at dawn. Thinking quickly, she manages to stay her execution each evening by posing an ingenious brainteaser that keeps the king -- and the reader -- guessing until the next night. In all, The Riddle of Scheherazade includes 225 puzzles, some wonderful old brainteasers, and many wickedly original new ones. There are logic tricks and number games, true/false paradoxes, puzzles about puzzles, and much more, including an excursion into an amusing new field Smullyan calls "coercive logic", in which to answer truthfully the puzzler must actually change his behavior. Enough mind-bending fun for another thousand-and-one-nights.
“The most entertaining logician and set theorist who ever lived” (Martin Gardner) gives us an encore to The Lady or the Tiger?-a fiendishly clever, utterly captivating new collection of 225 brainteasers, puzzles, and paradoxes.
In his most popular book since THE LADY OR THE TIGER? the grand vizier of the puzzle world gives us 1001 hours of brain-teasing fun. Smullyan includes wonderful old chestnuts and some fiendishly original puzzles, 225 in all. An absolute must for all puzzle fans from the middle-school whiz to the sophisticated matematician or computer scientist.