The Evolution of Principia Mathematica: Bertrand Russell`s Manuscripts and English | ISBN: 110700327X | 2011 | 418 pages | PDF | 2,4 MB
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.
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