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WHITEHEAD, Alfred North, & Bertrand Russell.

Principia Mathematica.

Second edition.

Cambridge, at the University Press, 1925 & 1927 Stock Code: 124543
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Second editions of the complete set of the Principia Mathematica, each one of 1,000 copies printed. Supervised by Russell, this expanded edition includes a new introduction which reflects the advances made in the years since the publication of the first edition (1910-12-13). In this work, Whitehead and Russell attempted to construct "the whole body of mathematical doctrine by logical deduction from the basis of a small number of primitive ideas and a small number of primitive principles of logical inference" (DSB, XII, p. 14). The belief that mathematics can be derived from logic is not only one of the principal philosophical theories of the foundation of mathematics, it has also provided some of the most important results in the formal analysis of mathematical concepts (cf. Frege, Peano). This belief found its fullest expression in Principia Mathematica. A fourth volume, dealing with the applications to geometry, was planned but never finished, as both men turned their attention away from mathematics and towards philosophy.

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3 volumes, large octavo. Attractively bound in recent dark blue morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, raised bands, roll to boards gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


Vol 1: short tears to top edges of pp. 245-6 and 271-2, one small puncture to fore edge of pp. 319-40 not affecting text; a near-fine set.


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