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Old 06-15-2016, 03:51 AM
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I am writing a book in the genre narrative non-fiction, and am starting to consider titles. Generally, the advice I get is that a non-fiction book is often made up of two parts: one, the main title that catches potential readers' attention while not needing to have much connection with the topic, and the subtitle that explains more precisely what the book is about.
The second option is to have a title with no sub-title, and that explains what the book is about, but only if it can be catchy (or aimed at a specialist audience).
Here, I am considering the first part (the main title, not the subtitle) of the first option. The subtitle will be something like "A gentle introduction to Model Theory" (Not very catchy, so the second option of letting this stand on its own is out.) Every time I think of a title, I check to see if a book with that title already exists. This filters out most of my ideas . Here are three that have passed the filter:
Selfies of the Mind
A logician's fantasy
Matchmakers of the mind
Are any of these three viable? (They are not taken by other books.)

[If it will help to know what Model Theory is for your input: it is a field of logic. But the "gentle" in the subtitle (or would "soft" be better?) indicates that it is not a technical book (no formulas!), and in fact is more a hybrid between fiction and non-fiction (but not the cheesy or childish types where, for example, numbers are personified).]

One problem is to indicate, in one breath, that the emphasis is non-fiction but that this is mixed with fiction. The classic "Flatland" seemed to have done this, but a title like "The New Matrix" doesn't cut it.

Any other suggestions?

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I would say none of the three really catch my attention. How about...FAKE & BAKE ?
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OK, that's a start; that's a vote against all three titles. I would still like to hear from others, and if the trend continues, I'll throw these possibilities out, and I'll be back posting another list after a couple of weeks. In the meantime, although that part of the title doesn't have to have much connection, it has to have some, and "Fake & Bake" doesn't have any. [Not to mention it might have problems with the company that makes Fake Bake cream.:-) ]

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Of the three I prefer "A logician's fantasy".
What you have described for your book feels a little like what Stephen Hawking did in A Brief History of Time, where the only equation he had in the book was E=MC2.
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Thanks, K.S. Crooks. In one way, "A Brief History of Time" did set a standard for having explanations without formulas, although even Hawking realized that his explanations were sometimes a little heavy for the lay reader (even though it was a best seller), leading him to lighten up a bit in his subsequent popular science books. I am taking this "lightening up" one step further by inserting the non-fictional explanations in a fictional story which could stand alone if one took away all the explanations (but where the division between what is fiction and what is non-fiction will be clear).
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A few ideas:

"Forms from the abyss" - indicative of the creative aspect of logical thought as generated from the unfathomable unconscious.

"Models of the mind"

"The geometry of thought"

"The unit and the universal"; "From unit to universe"; "Units to universes" "From genesis to giants" - indicative of the path from finite factual beginnings to internally coherent universal extrapolations.

"It's math without math?!" - if you wanted to make it light hearted.

"Emerging from mists" - indicative of the mental refinement that logical thought produces.

"Reason being..."

"Distillations"; "Taming the wilderness" - reducing the clutter of mental imprecision to stable forms.

"The super-model"; "The mind of a model"; "Inside the model's mind" - tongue-in-cheek.

"A model way to think"; "The model mind"; "A model means"; "The scribe of the mind"

"Trenching foundations"; "Surveying the mind"

I don't actually think any of these sound just right, but I hope they give you some fuel for thought.
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love the 'reason being...'
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Originally Posted by sca1een View Post
love the 'reason being...'
Actually, I don't understand this one. My guess is that it is short for "the reason being...", indicating that there will be explanations.
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