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  • Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048628462X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486284620
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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160 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Frango Nabrasa on March 13, 2004
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This timeless classic by one of the five greatest logicians of all time should be owned by anyone who cares about logic - especially at this illogically low price. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BCE), the English mathematician George Boole (1815-1864), the German mathematician Gottlob Frege (1848-1925), the Austrian-American mathematician Kurt Gödel and the Polish mathematician Alfred Tarski (1901-1983) are considered to be the five greatest logicians of history. Today it is difficult to appreciate the astounding permanence of what is accomplished in the works of Aristotle, Boole, and Frege without seeing their ideas surviving in the work of a modern master. Of the two modern master logicians Tarski is by far the most suitable for this purpose since he was by far the one most interested in the articulation of the conceptual basis of logic, he was by far the one most interested in history and philosophy of logic, and he was the only one to write an introductory book attempting to explain his perspective in accessible terms. This book, together with Aristotle's Prior Analytics and Boole's Laws of Thought, should form the core of any logic library. All three are still in print and available in inexpensive paperback editions. Hackett publishes an excellent up-to-date translation of Prior Analytics by Robin Smith and Prometheus recently reprinted Laws of Thought with an introduction by John Corcoran.- Frango Nabrasa.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Abhi on August 27, 2012
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I am an engineer by profession and my background is that of circuit design and signal processing. I have a PhD in analog circuit design. I read math purely out of interest and I am extremely passionate about it. Unfortunately, I do not have a professor to guide me so I look for good books online and teach myself.

Not to refute what other reviewers have said but I feel that the negative points that are usually mentioned about this book are actually the most positive aspects about the book. It is amazing that the same aspect can be very useful for one person while for others, it might not be that suitable.

1. People say that it is verbose: For me, I would like to rephrase that as 'the book carefully walks the student through the basic notion and structure of logic the way it must be in an introductory course'. For someone like me who is new to pure math, his presentation is extremely useful. Logic is very abstract and unless taught well, it will not sink in.

Example: Why the hell did they formulate the 'if....then....' statement in such a weird manner? More precisely, the sentence 'if 2+2=5, then santa clara is a small town' is considered true. Why? For someone who is being introduced to logic for the first time, this sentence will sound really weird. What the hell is the relationship between 2+2=5 and the size of santa clara? On top of that, how can this statement be true when the two sentences are not related in any possible way?

The answer lies in the difference between material logic which is used in mathematical logic and formal logic which we are all familiar with. MATH LOGIC is not same as the logic we are used to. I realized this when I read this book and has been explained extremely well in the second chapter.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sibiriak on July 10, 2006
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I bought the book just because my teacher of elementary philosophy in the university respected Tarski as a master of formal logic. It took me 26 years to get this book in my hands. What makes Tarski unique is, that he was a great logician and a great teacher, too.

I belive that there still are no better guide for a student who wants to understand logic, not just try to remember basic rules of it. The beauty of logic has never been exposed in a better way.

The fifth star was spared to a new, annotated edition of this classic among the field of logic. I hope I can find one some day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Mozahem on April 24, 2011
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This is the first book that any logic student should read. I even recommend it for those studying logic for a philosophy major. Tarski was a great logician, and this book clearly shows that he was a great teacher as well. The book is small, but dense with information. The author easily explains intricate ideas such that even the beginner should have no problem in understanding them. The footnotes included are also very valuable. Finally, I loved how Tarski used the ideas presented in part 1 to develop those in part 2. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this book. I just wish that there were solutions to some of the problems. Buy it and you wont regret it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mgill on January 1, 2011
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Logic is just one of those subjects prone to bad, unclear writing. This book is completely on the other side, written amazingly well and ideas are presented very clearly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By André Gargoura on January 21, 2011
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This is a pure jewel and it definitely surpasses Quine's and Hodges's books on the same subject : in fact, I enjoyed reading the three of them.

This book now stands in my list of outstanding books on logic :

1. A. Tarski's "Introduction to Logic", a jewel, followed by P. Smith's superb entry-point "An introduction to Formal logic" and the lovely "Logic, a very short introduction" by Graham Priest

2. D. Goldrei's "Propositional and Predicate calculus"

3. Wilfrid Hodges' "Logic", followed by Smullyan's "First-order logic".

4. P. Smith's "An introduction to Gödel's theorems".

5. Kleene's "Introduction to metamathematics" & "Mathematical Logic".

6. G. Priest's " Introduction to non-classical logic".

Hence forgetting altogether Van Dalen's indigestible "Logic & Stucture" as well as the even more indigestible Enderton, Mendelson & al...
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