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The evolution of Principia mathematica : Bertrand Russell's manuscripts and notes for the second edition / Bernard Linsky.



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Linsky, Bernard.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Book
  • vii, 407 p., [2] p. of plates : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 396-405) and index.
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. Writing the second edition; 3. Logic since the first edition; 4. Notation and logic; 5. Improvements; 6. Induction and types in Appendix B; 7. The reception of the second edition; 8. The list of definitions for Carnap; 9. Introduction to the second edition; Appendix A; Appendix B; Appendix C; Hierarchy of propositions and functions; Amended list of propositions; References; Index.
"Originally published in 1910, Principia Mathematica led to the development of mathematical logic and computers and thus to information sciences. It became a model for modern analytic philosophy and remains an important work. In the late 1960s the Bertrand Russell Archives at McMaster University in Canada obtained Russell's papers, letters and library. These archives contained the manuscripts for the new Introduction and three Appendices that Russell added to the second edition in 1925. Also included was another manuscript, 'The Hierarchy of Propositions and Functions', which was divided up and re-used to create the final changes for the second edition. These documents provide fascinating insight, including Russell's attempts to work out the theorems in the flawed Appendix B, 'On Induction'. An extensive introduction describes the stages of the manuscript material on the way to print and analyzes the proposed changes in the context of the development of symbolic logic after 1910"-- Provided by publisher.

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