Eric Schechter
Professor Emeritus, Math Department, Vanderbilt University


Retired January 2013. I'm no longer involved with math. To see what I'm currently working on, go to

My web pages for undergrads: Other work of mine: Other math links (not mine):

Classical & Nonclassical Logics, August 2005, Princeton University Press.
Classical logic is just one of the many kinds of reasoning present in everyday thought; when presented by itself -- as in most introductory texts on logic -- it seems arbitrary and unnatural to students new to the subject. CNL contrasts several logics, thereby illuminating all of them. No external reviews are available yet, but two of P.U.P.'s internal reviewers said "It will be a valuable addition to the literature, especially as some of the topics covered have long been the preserve of specialists," and "the exposition is solid and successfully clarifies topics that traditionally are difficult to understand by a novice. ... The author shows that he has great ability to lucidly describe complicated ideas in various schools of logic."

Handbook of Analysis & its Foundations (paper 1996, CD 1999), Academic Press.
If a mathematical object is not constructible, we should say so; the student who is unable to visualize some object will be reassured upon hearing that no one else can visualize it either. S.I.A.M. Review called this book "daring and innovative," and also said:   "Every once in a while a book comes along that so effectively redefines an educational enterprise -- in this case, graduate mathematical training -- and so effectively reexamines the hegemony of ideas prevailing in a discipline -- in this case, mathematical analysis -- that it deserves our careful attention. This is such a book. There is nothing else remotely similar to it in any of the current books on integration, real analysis, set theory, or any other related subject. ..." [review continues]

What is truth?