A Brief History of the Paradox is the first narrative history of paradoxes. Sorenson draws us deep inside the tangles of riddles, paradoxes and conundrums by answering the questions which are seemingly unanswerable. Can God create a stone too heavy for him to lift? Can time have a beginning? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Filled with illuminating anecdotes, A Brief History of the Paradox is vividly written and will appeal to anyone who finds trying to answer unanswerable questions a paradoxically pleasant endeavour.… (more)
There are two famous labyrinths where our reason very often goes astray: one concerns the great question of the Free and the Necessary, above all in the production and the origin of Evil; the other consists in the discussion of continuity and of the indivisibles which appear to be the elements thereof, and where the consideration of the infinite must enter in. The first perplexes almost all the human race, the other exercises philosophers only. -- Gottfried Liebniz, Theodicy
Here and elsewhere we shall not obtain the best insight into things until we actually see them growing from the beginning ... -- Aristotle, Politics
To those who never have a book dedicated to them.
"...5, 1, 4, 1, 3—Done!" exclaims a haggard old man.
As he reads this final sentence, I remind him that he stands at a new horizon, inaccessible to the author of this book.