I am surrounded by the books of Raymond Smullyan and I was very sad to read of his death at age 97 in today’s New York Times. When time allows, I have been been very slowly working my way through his Set Theory and the Continuum Problem (co-authored with Melvin Fitting). For a more gentle introduction to his thought try Who Knows?: A Study of Religious Consciousness or his autobiography Some Interesting Memories: A Paradoxical Life.
Here is piece composed by Jeanell Carrigan in honor of Smullyan:
I like to highlight adults who take on interesting learning projects. James of the blog James Leans Spanish describes his new project:
“So today I’m taking a more serious route. I’m leaving the gutter for one day and one day only and going a different direction. Now that I’ve been learning Spanish for an entire ten days I figured I’m qualified to translate the ancient spiritual work, The Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu in the 5th century BC. I feel its what he would’ve wanted.”
I think this is an interesting project that encourages both deep engagement with an important text and intensive language study. It reminds me a bit of the scriptorium technique advocated by Alexander Arguelles.
Here is a reading from a book by the great Raymond Smullyan on the essence of Taoism.
The books of philosopher, mathematician, magician, musician, Raymond Smullyan are priceless. If you are not familiar with his work, his autobiography is good place to start.
I own many books by Smullyan. Including these:
I have also been working through his book Set Theory and the Continuum Problem