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Subtle Logic, Winning Game

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: Seemingly simple games can serve as thought-provoking exercises in mathematical logic. They can provide deep insights into subtle issues that confront logicians who are interested in the foundations of mathematics. So-called Ehrenfeucht games have proved particularly useful for tackling certain aspects of mathematical logic. They were developed in the 1960s by Andrzej Ehrenfeucht, who is now a computer science professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Ehrenfeucht games can also be studied for their own sake as interesting and often surprisingly subtle games, an approach adopted by Caroline Nguyen of Stuyvesant High School in New York City.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Logic/Foundations

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