Mathematics and Humor: A Study of the Logic of Humor

Mathematics and Humor: A Study of the Logic of Humor

John Allen Paulos


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

"Jokes, paradoxes, riddles, and the paintings of non-sequitur are published with nice notion and perception during this illuminating account of the connection among humor and mathematics."—Joseph Williams, New York Times

"'Leave your mind alone,' acknowledged a Thurber comic strip, and a truly entire and convincing research of what humour is could damage all jokes endlessly. This publication avoids that threat. What it does. . .is describe generally numerous sorts of mathematical conception and follow them to throw sidelights on what percentage types of jokes work."—New Scientist

"Many students these days write heavily concerning the ludicrous. a few basically be able to be boring. A few—like Paulos—are amazing in a strange endeavor."—Los Angeles occasions ebook Review

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