- Paperback: 680 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; Fourth Printing edition (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674324498
- ISBN-13: 978-0674324497
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Frege to Godel: A Source Book in Mathematical Logic, 1879-1931 (Source Books in History of Sciences) Fourth Printing Edition
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The outstanding quality of the translations and introductions still make this source book the most important reference for the history of mathematical logic. (Paolo Mancosu, University of California, Berkeley)
Meticulously edited, with excellent translations and helpful introductory notes, From Frege to Gödel is an indispensable volume for anyone interested in the development of modern logic and its philosophical impact. (Warren Goldfarb, Harvard University)
It is difficult to describe this book without praising it...[From Frege to Gödel] is, in effect, the record of an important chapter in the history of thought. No serious student of logic or foundations of mathematics will want to be without it. (Review of Metaphysics)
There can be no doubt that the book is a valuable contribution to the logical literature and that it will certainly spread the knowledge of mathematical logic and its history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (Andrzej Mostowski Synthese)
If there is one book that every philosopher interested in the history of logic should own, not to mention all the philosophers who pretend they know something about the history of logic, From Frege to Gödel is that book. (Hilary Putnam, Harvard University)
From Frege to Gödel lays out before our eyes the turbulent panorama in which modern logic came to be. (W. D. Hart, University of Illinois at Chicago)
From Frege to Gödel is the single most important collection of original papers from the development of mathematical logic-an invaluable source for all students of the subject. (Michael Friedman, University of Indiana)
A Bible for historians of logic and computer science, this invaluable collection will profit anyone interested in the interplay between mathematics and philosophy in the early decades of the twentieth century. It provides a unique and comprehensive way to appreciate how modern mathematical logic unfolded in the hands of its greatest founding practitioners. (Juliet Floyd, Boston University)
Year in, year out, I recommend this book enthusiastically to students and colleagues for sources in the history and philosophy of modern logic and the foundations of mathematics; I use my own copy so much, it is falling apart. (Solomon Feferman, Stanford University)
For more than three decades this outstanding collection has been the authoritative source of basic texts in mathematical logic in the English language; it remains without peer to this day. (Michael Detlefson, University of Notre Dame)
About the Author
Jean van Heijenoort, well known in the fields of mathematical logic and foundations of mathematics, is Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University and has taught at New York and Columbia Universities.
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If your interest is instead the history of logic, all the classics in the range specified by the work's title are here, complete with their own ideosyncratic notation. van Heijenoort's wonderful introductions to each piece will interelate the works, provide references to other literature and situate everything in a wonderful intellectual climate.
Be warned, however, that the foundational papers in this still growing field continue for another 15 years or so; these are reprinted in Davis' (alas, out of print) anthology _The Undecidable_.
This collection will keep you busy and wet your appetite for a sequel!
Interestingly, this tome was also the first (only?) place to publish Russell's letter to Frege (re: Russell's Paradox) and Frege's response.