I ordinarily might have skipped over this title, but it was written by Cliff Hays, who is an author I admire. I decided to read it and I am glad I did.
Despite the daunting sound of the title, Cliff Hays manages to communicate an abstruse subject with amazing clarity.
He is conscientious about laying out basic terminology at the beginning and clarifying concepts with tables and charts, and he even includes some end-of-chapter recaps to review terminology. Each point proceeds logically to the next, so it is easy to follow.
Beyond the clear presentation,the content itself is fascinating. Although I took a philosophy class in college, my professor skimmed over the chapter on logic, and this book filled in some of the gaps.
What interested me about this book is how subjects I normally think of only in verbal terms were perfectly translated into the language of math.
The book starts off with verbally expressed logic, but there was a startling moment where statements completely left the verbal plane and entered the realm of mathematics. To someone who is used to programming this might not seem unusual, but it actually gave me a new way of looking at math, and I love books that introduce a new perspective.
Cliff Hays is an amazing writer who has given a great deal of thought to presenting an abstruse subject in a way that is clear and succinct.
Anyone who is interested in exploring the logical aspect of philosophy will find a lot to learn in this book, in addition to an enjoyable reading experience.
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Brilliantly clarifies the intersection between philosophy and mathematics3 July 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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Highly recommended25 November 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
What impresses me the most about this text is how adeptly Cliff Hays explains difficult concepts which might appear daunting if revealed any other way. His writing clearly illuminates the inextricable connection between philosophy, logic, and math, which I found to be quite intriguing. Even though the material itself is rigorous, the organizational flow and neatly arranged diagrams make this text easy to follow and refer back to. If only I'd had this available to use in college, I think it would've proven especially helpful in terms of constructing and evaluating arguments. Fortunately though, I have it now and I find it invaluable for use everyday, not simply as a reference source, but as a foundation for critical thinking.
Surprised at how interesting this was22 March 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Bivalent logic is how machines talk to each other. Learning how the math works and how to count in binary was actually kind of fun. And the concepts described, all based on logical absolutes, is a good exercise for the brain. The logical arguments set up for bivalent functions abides by a perfect logic, and one can see how to extend this to forming logical arguments philosophically.
An excellent book that illuminates a difficult subject3 August 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I found this to be an excellent Kindle ebook on a difficult subject. I struggled with this type of logic in my philosophy course - I found the argumentative version much easier - and only wish I'd had this to refer to. It casts light where I could see only darkness before. Well done to the author, and thanks.
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Bivalent Logic23 September 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
This book is not what I thought it was, and therefore I did not enjoy it. For the brain it was intended--it may very well be a genious read...but I am not the genious.