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Principia Mathematica - Volume One Paperback – February 21, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1603861823 ISBN-10: 1603861823

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  • Paperback: 684 pages
  • Publisher: Merchant Books (February 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603861823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603861823
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Giuseppe Tulli on February 11, 2010
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Just to note that this is the 1910-13 Edition, so you're missing the introduction to the 1927 Second Edition, which can be found though in The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell (Routledge Classics), and 2 new appendixes: Appendix A replacing *9 and an all-new Appendix C.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By R. Abramovitz on May 19, 2009
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Principia Mathematica is a landmark book on the elements of mathematics. This edition is the best price I have seen in decades.

Both Whitehead and Russell are known for their insights into philosophy and mathematics. This book, although a mathematics book, is based upon their philosophy of how the universe works. The basic assumption of this book is that symbolic logic can be used to describe the universe. From that starting point they develop the elements of modern mathematics.

This book is meant for those of us nerds who want to understand why mathematics works and how it relates to a philosophy of the universe. Note that this book is heavy on mathematical symbols (which are explained). It can be slow reading, but Whitehead and Russell's insights are stunning.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Marc Mest on February 10, 2012
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This book is often put on the shelf as a mathematical classic to be shown and not read. However, this book is more than just a historical curiosity, it is actually a great practical study in propositional logic.

The first volume is the rosetta stone of what might look like some arcane language, but it is actually both a practical and philosphical discussion of how to logically approach mathematics.

While their text is not casual, it is conversational as they talk through the process. Their discussion illustrates common fallacies and serve as instruction to the student. It is by no means pleasure reading, but if you really read the text, you will learn alot. At least I am.
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