Principia Mathematica Volume I. Alfred North Whitehead, Bertrand Russell.
Principia Mathematica Volume I
Principia Mathematica Volume I
Principia Mathematica Volume I

Principia Mathematica Volume I

Cambridge: At the University Press 1925. Second Edition. xlvi, [1]-674, [1] pages. 7 x 10.5 inches. Original blue cloth. The first impression of the second edition, 1925. (the First edition was published in 1910). Volume One ONLY. Professionally recased, with joints repaired, new endpapers and repair to the base of the spine panel. Gold spine panel lettering still bright and clean. Generally bright internally. A sound copy now that it has been conserved. Previous owner name on half title page. Very good. Cloth. [22708]


"...the most elaborate attempt up to that time to develop the fundamental notions of arithmetic from a precise set of axioms." (Boyer, A History of Mathematics Second edition). "Taken as a whole, the Principia fills a double role. First, it constitutes a formidable effort to prove, or at least make plausible, the philosophical thesis best described by Russell in his 'The Principles of Mathematics: That all pure mathematics deals exclusively with concepts definable in terms of a very small number of fundamental logical concepts, and that all its propositions are deducible from a very small number of fundamental logical principles.' ... commonly expressed by the assertion that logic furnishes a basis for all mathematics....The second role of the 'Principia' is the enrichment of mathematics with an impressive system, based on a thoroughly developmed mathematical logic and a set theory free of paradoxes, by which a substantial part of the body of mathematical knowledge becomes organized. The 'Principlia' is considered to be not only a historical masterpiece of mathematical architecture, but also of contemporary value insofar as it contains subtheories that are still very useful." (DSB, XIV, p304)

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