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