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Title: Book of Pure Logic
Author: George F. Thomson

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Reviewed by: Rod Clark
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In a highly mysterious and complex world it should not be a complete surprise
that a published work called the BOOK OF PURE LOGIC would be something of a
mystery in itself. In it, author George Thompson purports to delineate a system
called 'pure logic', which strives to create a middle path between scientific
and biblical truth.

Has he achieved his goal? This reviewer certainly can't prove that he hasn't.

The text itself is something of a mystery. The author makes intuitional and
grammatical leaps between ideas that are sometimes bewildering, although with
careful rereading, it is sometimes possible to understand what he intends to
say. It is as though each argument is a chain with several links missing, but
by guessing at the goal of a sentence, the reader can sometimes (but not always),
intuit the missing links and redintegrate the points he is trying to make.
Mr. Thomas, in fact, seems much more comfortable in trying to communicate with
the reader through unusual assemblages of numbers and symbols than he is with
communications in English. Every few sentences of his dedication, for example,
are followed by translations of that text into a cipher in which each letter in
the English alphabet is represented by an invented character' rather like the
cipher uncloaked by Conan Doyle's detective Sherlock Holmes in THE
ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN, or some of the languages that Edgar
Rice Burroughs invented for his Martian sagas.

'I love encryption and deciphering', Mr. Thomas declares in APPENDAGE 1, which
repeats a chapter of the book in another mysterious cipher of his own invention
which apparently requires a computer program and a password in order to decipher.
The author's fascination with numbers and letters is almost cabalistic.

Is PURE LOGIC a kind of oxymoron? The book is honeycombed with impenetrable
meanings and mountains of numbers and symbols, leaving an impression that seems
more mystical than logical.

For reasons that are not entirely clear, he devotes a significant number of
pages to printing 100,000 digits of the value p(pi). He also devotes considerable
space to what purports to be a map of the human genome and DNA. Then there are
four or five pages of random prime numbers, a chapter on the pyramids of Giza,
an analysis of the Ten Commandments, another on the Dead Sea Scrolls; and a
chapter called 'INCEST AND NOAH'.

This man's obvious delight in the world of numbers and symbols is intriguing.
Whether this delight provides insight into some of the great mysteries he engages
is a question that is hard to determine, because when Thomas rapturously leaps
from English into symbolic language, he often leaves the reader behind in an
opaque cloud of dust. Nevertheless, this book is one of a kind. How many of us
have a volume on our book shelf documenting 100,000 digits of the value p(pi)?
For that alone, it's nice to have it on the shelf.


Book of Pure Logic
George F. Thomson