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How to Think Like a Mathematician by Kevin Houston

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CHAPTER 6

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Making a statement

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When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic.

We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.

Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People, 1936

When I tell people that I am a mathematician it is often not very long before they bring up the subject of how logical mathematics is. Sometimes they consider this a downside to the subject as it makes it so much harder. After all, with logic you have to be right ...

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