Could anyone please advise a good introductory book on logic for a non-mathematician?

The one mentioned in this thread, which I found while looking for methods to solve logic games: How to solve a "logic grid/table puzzle" as well as a "logic game" from the LSAT seemed good, but when I looked it up a bit more thoroughly on Amazon I found some terrible reviews, even some saying it's not 'logical' ...

Any advice?

Thank you

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    $\begingroup$ It looks like you want a book that will help you with puzzles and not a book on mathematical logic. Is that accurate? $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '17 at 17:27
  • $\begingroup$ This isn't necessarily a "book on logic", but if you are interested in logic, you should try reading "Gödel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '17 at 17:28
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    $\begingroup$ Can you tell us what purpose you have for learning logic? If it is to improve your everyday life reasoning skills, I have some ideas, and it will indeed be much more informal. $\endgroup$
    – Bram28
    Jun 30 '17 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ There are literally hundreds of books written for the standard beginning logic course in (U.S.) philosophy departments, and nearly all of these assume virtually no mathematical background, such as Elementary Logic by Michael D. Resnik, Beginning Logic by Edward J. Lemmon, Introduction to Logic by Patrick Suppes, Symbolic Logic by Irving M. Copi, etc. Of course, avoid anything with "mathematical logic" in the title. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '17 at 18:39
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you all for your comments! $\endgroup$ Jul 1 '17 at 9:29

Introduction to logic by Patrick Suppes


An excellent read aimed at philosophers. It goes into enough technical detail that it will benefit the mathematician as well.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! I'll start with this one and see if I can get my head around it. I tried to vote you up but apparently I don't have sufficient reputation. $\endgroup$ Jul 1 '17 at 9:29
  • $\begingroup$ @user6376297 you can accept the answer as opposed to an up-vote. I think accepting them also increases your reputation as well, so you may be able to up-vote things in the future. $\endgroup$
    – user400188
    Jul 2 '17 at 1:10

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