Paradox Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings


  • Author : Jim Al-Khalili
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2012-10-23
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307986801
  • Total Read : 90
  • File Size : 18,9 Mb

Paradox Summary:

A fun and fascinating look at great scientific paradoxes. Throughout history, scientists have come up with theories and ideas that just don't seem to make sense. These we call paradoxes. The paradoxes Al-Khalili offers are drawn chiefly from physics and astronomy and represent those that have stumped some of the finest minds. For example, how can a cat be both dead and alive at the same time? Why will Achilles never beat a tortoise in a race, no matter how fast he runs? And how can a person be ten years older than his twin? With elegant explanations that bring the reader inside the mind of those who've developed them, Al-Khalili helps us to see that, in fact, paradoxes can be solved if seen from the right angle. Just as surely as Al-Khalili narrates the enduring fascination of these classic paradoxes, he reveals their underlying logic. In doing so, he brings to life a select group of the most exciting concepts in human knowledge. Paradox is mind-expanding fun.

Paradox Book


  • Author : Margaret Cuonzo
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2014-02-14
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262525497
  • Total Read : 75
  • File Size : 9,7 Mb

Paradox Summary:

An introduction to paradoxes showing that they are more than mere puzzles but can prompt new ways of thinking. Thinkers have been fascinated by paradox since long before Aristotle grappled with Zeno's. In this volume in The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Margaret Cuonzo explores paradoxes and the strategies used to solve them. She finds that paradoxes are more than mere puzzles but can prompt new ways of thinking. A paradox can be defined as a set of mutually inconsistent claims, each of which seems true. Paradoxes emerge not just in salons and ivory towers but in everyday life. (An Internet search for “paradox” brings forth a picture of an ashtray with a “no smoking” symbol inscribed on it.) Proposing solutions, Cuonzo writes, is a natural response to paradoxes. She invites us to rethink paradoxes by focusing on strategies for solving them, arguing that there is much to be learned from this, regardless of whether any of the more powerful paradoxes is even capable of solution. Cuonzo offers a catalog of paradox-solving strategies—including the Preemptive-Strike (questioning the paradox itself), the Odd-Guy-Out (calling one of the assumptions into question), and the You-Can't-Get-There-from-Here (denying the validity of the reasoning). She argues that certain types of solutions work better in some contexts than others, and that as paradoxicality increases, the success of certain strategies grows more unlikely. Cuonzo shows that the processes of paradox generation and solution proposal are interesting and important ones. Discovering a paradox leads to advances in knowledge: new science often stems from attempts to solve paradoxes, and the concepts used in the new sciences lead to new paradoxes. As Niels Bohr wrote, “How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.”

The Story Paradox Book

The Story Paradox

  • Author : Jonathan Gottschall
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2021-11-23
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541645974
  • Total Read : 89
  • File Size : 15,6 Mb

The Story Paradox Summary:

Storytelling, a tradition that built human civilization, may soon destroy it Humans are storytelling animals. Stories are what make our societies possible. Countless books celebrate their virtues. But Jonathan Gottschall, an expert on the science of stories, argues that there is a dark side to storytelling we can no longer ignore. Storytelling, the very tradition that built human civilization, may be the thing that destroys it. In The Story Paradox, Gottschall explores how a broad consortium of psychologists, communications specialists, neuroscientists, and literary quants are using the scientific method to study how stories affect our brains. The results challenge the idea that storytelling is an obvious force for good in human life. Yes, storytelling can bind groups together, but it is also the main force dragging people apart. And it’s the best method we’ve ever devised for manipulating each other by circumventing rational thought. Behind all civilization’s greatest ills—environmental destruction, runaway demagogues, warfare—you will always find the same master factor: a mind-disordering story. Gottschall argues that societies succeed or fail depending on how they manage these tensions. And it has only become harder, as new technologies that amplify the effects of disinformation campaigns, conspiracy theories, and fake news make separating fact from fiction nearly impossible. With clarity and conviction, Gottschall reveals why our biggest asset has become our greatest threat, and what, if anything, can be done. It is a call to stop asking, “How we can change the world through stories?” and start asking, “How can we save the world from stories?”

Paradox Book


  • Author : Doris Olin
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-12-18
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317489238
  • Total Read : 74
  • File Size : 17,6 Mb

Paradox Summary:

Paradoxes are more than just intellectual puzzles - they raise substantive philosophical issues and offer the promise of increased philosophical knowledge. In this introduction to paradox and paradoxes, Doris Olin shows how seductive paradoxes can be, why they confuse and confound, and why they continue to fascinate. Olin examines the nature of paradox, outlining a rigorous definition and providing a clear and incisive statement of what does and does not count as a resolution of a paradox. The view that a statement can be both true and false, that contradictions can be true, is seen to provide a challenge to the account of paradox resolution, and is explored. With this framework in place, the book then turns to an in-depth treatment of the Prediction Paradox, versions of the Preface/Fallibility Paradox, the Lottery Paradox, Newcomb's Problem, the Prisoner's Dilemma and the Sorites Paradox. Each of these paradoxes is shown to have considerable philosophical punch. Olin unpacks the central arguments in a clear and systematic fashion, offers original analyses and solutions, and exposes further unsettling implications for some of our most deep-seated principles and convictions.

The Paradox of Empowerment Book

The Paradox of Empowerment

  • Author : Ronald F. Wendt
  • Publisher : Praeger Pub Text
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105110160384
  • Total Read : 94
  • File Size : 6,6 Mb

The Paradox of Empowerment Summary:

Examines the types of communication and power dynamics that create disempowered working and learning environments.

Paradox Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings


  • Author : Catherine Coulter
  • Publisher : Pocket Books
  • Release Date : 2019-07-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501196409
  • Total Read : 80
  • File Size : 10,9 Mb

Paradox Summary:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter delves into the mind of an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge in this “eerie, unsettling, and breathlessly terrifying” (The Real Book Spy) twenty-third installment in her FBI series. When an escaped mental patient fails to kidnap five-year-old Sean Savich, agents Sherlock and Savich know they’re in his crosshairs and must find him before he continues with his kill list. Chief Ty Christie of Willicott, Maryland, witnesses a murder at dawn from the deck of her lake cottage. When dragging the lake, the divers find not only find the murder victim but also dozens of bones. Working together with Chief Christie, Savich and Sherlock soon discover a frightening connection between the bones and the escaped psychopath. Paradox is a chilling mix of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, old secrets that refuse to stay buried, and ruthless greed that keep Savich and Sherlock and Chief Christie working at high speed to uncover the truth before their own bones end up at the bottom of the lake.

Illusions of Paradox Book

Illusions of Paradox

  • Author : Richmond Campbell
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015047075612
  • Total Read : 86
  • File Size : 19,6 Mb

Illusions of Paradox Summary:

Campbell (philosophy, Dalhousie U., Halifax) argues that feminist and naturalized epistemology are not incompatible despite appearances, and that combining them allows a coherent and politically useful account of the objectivity of value. He draws on conceptual resources already present in the two approaches to construct a coherent epistemology that reinforces and extends the present feminist critiques of androcentric science and the fact- value dichotomy, but is uncompromising in its realist implications. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Paradox Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Paradox

  • Author : Charlie Fletcher
  • Publisher : Orbit
  • Release Date : 2015-08-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316279529
  • Total Read : 94
  • File Size : 17,7 Mb

The Paradox Summary:

"Exciting, exhilaring, scary and moving in equal measure, The Oversight is a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realized." - M. R. Carey The Last Hand of the Oversight still patrols the border between the natural and supranatural, holding a candle to the darkness. But this new Hand is unproven, its fresh members untrained, its veterans weary and battle-scarred. Their vulnerability brings new enemies into the city, and surprising new allies from across the sea. But most surprising of all are new revelations about the Oversight's past, revelations that will expose the true peril of the world in which Sharp and Sara are trapped -- the secret of the Black Mirrors, and what lies beyond. And the catastrophic danger that will follow them home, if they ever manage to return. The dark waters rise. The candles are guttering. But the light still remains. For now... The Oversight seriesThe OversightThe ParadoxThe Remnant