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DICTIONARY OF STUPIDITY. Phaenomenology of non-sense in life

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  • Categories:Philosophy
  • Language:Italian(Translation Services Available)
  • Publication date:September,2016
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“Odifreddi illustrates a rational view of the world with examples and levity.”
                               – Carlo Rovelli

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★Right sold in simplified Chinese and Spanish!
★Piergiorgio Odifreddi is a best-selling author of more than 150,000 copies sold, he won the important Italian popular science award Galieo Prize!
★With 5 editions and now almost 30,000 copies out, Dizionario della stupidità reached the highest positionings in the non-fiction chart in 2 weeks since release.
★From the cheeky mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, an irresistible pop essay that teaches us how to re-read ideas and behaviours. Down the lines of the bestseller Sette brevi lezioni di fisica by Carlo Rovelli.

Description

“Two things in life are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, but I’m still doubtful on the first one,” said Einstein. Seeing that stupidity is so widespread, it’s right to try and understand just what it actually is.
In his new book, Odifreddi analyses and unmasks many different manifestations of stupidity. Using both scientific and other examples from daily life (why, with an air conditioner and heater, do we look to keep ourselves in the opposite season during summer and winter?), from the Peter principle, according to which managers rise to the level of their incompetence, to Murphy’s law. Applying mathematical-logic rigour to reality, Odifreddi offers us a key to pick apart common beliefs and read the world.

Author

Piergiorgio Odifreddi (1950) studied mathematics in Italy, the United States and the Soviet Union, and has taught logic at the University of Turin and at Cornell University. He writes for La Repubblica and Le Scienze and in 2011 he won the Galileo Prize for science popularization. His previous books has been sold in Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Catalan and Turkish.

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