Labyrinths of Reason:
Paradox, Puzzles and the Frailty of Knowledge

by William Poundstone


Publishers Weekly:

"In a dazzling tour de force Poundstone (The Recursive Universe) leads us through a series of paradoxes that move from Sherlock Holmes's puzzles to time travel, from dismembered brains in vats to multiple worlds, from the libraries of Atlantis to black holes. Eminently accessible, this delightful, rapid-fire entertainment will appeal to readers of Douglas Hofstadter's Godel, Escher, Bach."


Douglas Hofstadter:

"A sparkling and highly original approach to the deep mysteries of common sense, evidence, knowledge, and truth. Poundstone is superb at converting philosophical debates into wonderfully clear and stimulating mind-benders. Anyone interested in how minds reflect reality -- from beginners to professionals -- will get a big kick out of this book."


Martin Gardner:

Writing clearly and informally, Poundstone leads you gently from curious arguments in logic, mathematics, and philosophy into regions of dark mystery where experts disagree and deep questions remain unresolved. Are you repelled by the boring, childing metaphysics of New Age flummery? Then embark here on a nontrivial, noninsulting adventure of the mind among ideas that will amaze, instruct, and leave you eager to learn more. It is Poundstone's best book yet.


Isaac Asimov:

Labyrinths of Reason will make you think of things you very likely have never thought of thinking about, and will convince you that many things of which you have been certain are not certain at all. And you will find, as you read, that it is fun to think of things you have never thought about, and that it is better to be uncertain than wrongly certain.


Labyrinths of Reason was on the San Francisco Chronicle best seller list and was an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club. It was nominated for the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. Popular around the world, Labyrinths of Reason has been published in Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Japan.