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Sets, Functions, and Logic: An Introduction to Abstract Mathematics, Third Edition (Chapman Hall/CRC Mathematics Series) Hardcover – November 24, 2003

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The book is written in a language both accessible and attractive to students. The author succeeds in not falling into the trap of a sort of 'mathematical baby talk' to meet his goals. … Students crossing the bridge from calculus to higher mathematics will find the book very helpful. But it is also very helpful to academics in other areas who want to have access to mathematical publications relevant to their fields, but need to become familiar with the notations and language currently used by research mathematicians.
- Zentralblatt MATH, 1048
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Product Details

  • Series: Chapman Hall/CRC Mathematics Series
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC; 3 edition (November 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584884495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584884491
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Keith Devlin is a mathematician at Stanford University in California. He is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He has written 31 books and over 80 published research articles. His books have been awarded the Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize, and his writing has earned him the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his "innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics." He is "the Math Guy" on National Public Radio. (Archived at http://www.stanford.edu/~kdevlin/MathGuy.html.)

He is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. He also works on the design of information/reasoning systems for intelligence analysis. Other research interests include: theory of information, models of reasoning, applications of mathematical techniques in the study of communication, and mathematical cognition.

He writes a monthly column for the Mathematical Association of America, "Devlin's Angle": http://www.maa.org/devlin/devangle.html

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Baze on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this text book for an introductory math course in college. As I looked through it, I noticed its simplicity. Sure, it takes you through "truth tables," set theory, group theory, inequalities, basic proofs, etc.- but it doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of exercises (and solutions), just a few problems at the end of each section. What IS nice, however, is that Delvin takes the time to type up a little commentary on each discrete math principle, and even types up a short history of how abstract math evolved.

So is it worth it? Not really, in my opinion. You should expect more for a textbook costing $55+.

Personally, I prefer the book "How to Prove It" by Daniel Velleman, as it is not only less expensive, but much more thorough in teaching someone about discrete and abstract mathematics. It's abundant with more explanations, examples, exercises, and solutions. Here's what I'm talking about: How to Prove It: A Structured Approach

Check that out. It might be more worth your time. As for my copy of "Sets, Functions, and Logic," I'm probably going to sell it in the near future. It's just not that valuable to my math library.
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Keith Devlin's book is an excellent introduction to proofs, an important part of one's mathematics education, which is missing in the US educational system at high school level. The problems left to solve by the reader are without solutions, hints or answers, which is author's intention, but is somewhat controversial. I think that, at least, hints should be provided for the more difficult problems.
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By Aaron VanAlstine on October 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Seems pretty darn expensive for only 160 pages. That comes out to over $0.30/page! I like Devlin's popular mathematics books but this one doesn't justify that kind of money.
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