Author: Matt Cook
Subject: Paradox; mathematics; logic; philosophy; social sciences; physics; Zeno; infinity; supertask; probability; social choice; game theory; self-reference; induction; geometry; special relativity; quantum mechanics
Publisher: MIT Press
Paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick. A magician's purpose is to create the appearance of impossibility, to pull a rabbit from an empty hat. Yet paradox doesn't require tangibles, like rabbits or hats. Paradox works in the abstract, with words and concepts and symbols, to create the illusion of contradiction. There are no contradictions in reality, but there can appear to be. In Sleight of Mind, Matt Cook and a few collaborators dive deeply into more than 75 paradoxes in mathematics, physics, philosophy, and the social sciences. As each paradox is discussed and resolved, Cook helps readers discover the meaning of knowledge and the proper formation of concepts—and how reason can dispel the illusion of contradiction.
The journey begins with "a most ingenious paradox"...