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Mathematics and Humor : A Study of the Logic of Humor

Mathematics and Humor : A Study of the Logic of Humor - 90 edition

Mathematics and Humor : A Study of the Logic of Humor - 90 edition

ISBN13: 9780226650258

ISBN10: 0226650251

Mathematics and Humor : A Study of the Logic of Humor by John Allen Paulos - ISBN 9780226650258
Edition: 90
Copyright: 1990
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1990
International: No
Mathematics and Humor : A Study of the Logic of Humor by John Allen Paulos - ISBN 9780226650258

ISBN13: 9780226650258

ISBN10: 0226650251

Edition: 90

Summary

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. ''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 fewlike Paulosare brilliant in an odd endeavor.''Los Angeles Times Book Review

Table of Contents

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

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