A Budget of Paradoxes by Augustus De Morgan A Budget of Paradoxes
by Augustus De Morgan


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A Budget of Paradoxes, originally published in 1915, is mathematician Augustus De Morgan's most accessible and entertaining work. Well-known for his wit, De Morgan takes aim at those people he calls "paradoxers," which in modern terms would most closely resemble crackpots. Paradoxers, however, are not crazy, necessarily-rather, they hold views wildly outside the accepted sphere. If you believed the world was round when everyone else knew that it was flat, you would be a paradoxer. In this book, De Morgan reviews a number of books from his own library written by such "crackpots" who claim to have solved a great many of the puzzles of mathematics and science, including squaring a circle, creating perpetual motion, and overcoming gravity. Each is thoroughly put in his place in ways both entertaining and informative to readers. Skeptics, students of science, and anyone who likes pondering a puzzle will find this book a delightful read. British mathematician AUGUSTUS DE MORGAN (1806-1871) invented the term mathematical induction. Among his many published works is Trigonometry and Double Algebra (1849).

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics
  • ISBN-10: 1-60206-320-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60206-320-4
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank #3566617
  • Published on: April 15, 2007
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 808 pages

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