Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.— Raymond Smullyan will talk on “Logical Legerdemain” at 4 p.m. and on “Satan, Logic and Infinity” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Both events, sponsored by the philosophy department at Amherst College, are free and open to the public.
An emeritus professor of philosophy at Indiana University, Smullyan dropped out of high school and earned a mathematics degree at the University of Chicago, paying his way performing magic. A Ph.D. from Princeton followed, and Smullyan taught mathematics and logic at Dartmouth, Princeton, and Yeshiva Universities and the City University of New York before joining the faculty at Indiana in 1981.
Smullyan has had a remarkably diverse sequence of careers. A former distinguished professor of mathematical logic, he is also a magician, essayist and musician, having authored over twenty books and forty research papers on mathematical logic, recreational mathematics, retrograde chess analysis, religion, Chinese philosophy, stereo photography and life in general. His magic is reflected in his mathematical lectures.