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The Principles of Mathematics

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His ideas have had a profound influence on twentieth-century work on logic and the foundations of mathematics.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published February 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1912)
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Jun 18, 2009 Keshav rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in philosophy
Despite its title, this is NOT a math book, at least in the conventional definition of the term. It is indeed true that the subject matter of the book is indeed mathematics, but it neither teaches the reader any math nor assumes that the reader knows much math. At first glance, it seems to explore the question "What is mathematical knowledge?". At a deeper level, however, this is a book about philosophy, specifically epistemology. What is knowledge and how is it different from mere belief, and w ...more
Justin Yeary
My favorite part was where they took about 50 pages to prove that 1+1=2
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This method is, to define as the number of a class the class of all classes similar to the given class. Membership of this class of classes (considered as a predicate) is a common property of all the similar classes and of no others; moreover every class of the set of similar classes has to the set of a relation which it has to nothing else, and which every class has to its own set. Thus the conditions are completely fulfilled by this class of classes, and it has the merit of being determinate w ...more
Bertrand Russell has always given me a bit of a headache.
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One of the most powerful work ever done. Sir Isaac Newton was undoubtedly one of the geniuses of our universe!!
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS, was a Welsh philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician, advocate for social reform, pacifist, and prominent rationalist. Although he was usually regarded as English, as he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.

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