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Since it first appeared in 1964, Mendelson's book has been recognized as an excellent textbook in the field. It is one of the most frequently mentioned texts in references and recommended reading lists … This book rightfully belongs in the small, elite set of superb books that every computer science graduate, graduate student, scientist, and teacher should be familiar with.

Computing Reviews, May 2010

"For the reviews of the previous editions see Zbl 192.01901, Zbl 498.03001, Zbl 681.03001 and Zbl 915.03002. The following are the significant changes in this edition: A new section (3.7) on the order type of a countable nonstandard model of arithmetic; a second appendix, Appendix B, on basic modal logic, in particular on the normal modal logics K, T, S4, and S5 and the relevant Kripke semantics for each; an expanded bibliography and additions to both the exercises and to the Answers to Selected Exercises, including corrections to the previous version of the latter."
—J. M. Plotkin, Zentralblatt MATH 1173

"Since its first edition, this fine book has been a text of choice for a beginner’s course on mathematical logic. … There are many fine books on mathematical logic, but Mendelson’s textbook remains a sure choice for a first course for its clear explanations and organization: definitions, examples and results fit together in a harmonic way, making the book a pleasure to read. The book is especially suitable for self-study, with a wealth of exercises to test the reader’s understanding."
MAA Reviews, December 2009

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"In my work as a math teacher, researcher, author, and journal editor, I often encounter problems with a logical component. When that need arises, my first choice of reference is always this book. It is the most concise and readable introductory text I have ever encountered and it is a rare occasion when I fail to find the background material needed to solve the problem. It is also an excellent source of problems and I have pulled the ideas for many test questions from it over the years."
—Charles Ashbacher

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Elliott Mendelson is professor emeritus in the Department of Mathematics at Queens College.


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A superb book! A real classic! 25 July 2012
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With due respect to the previous reviewer, I LOVE this book! It is rigorous and demanding - and yet clearly written with full proofs, many examples, and detailed explanations. It covers all of the topics required for an undergraduate or many a first year graduate course. There are a good number of exercises provided, many with answers or detailed hints.Quite frankly I was really surprised that the commenter ahead of me gave it such a negative review. Most evaluatios of this book that I have seen have been just the opposite. It was the primary text through which I learned Mathematical Logic, and it still occupies a prominent position on my bookshelf along with well-used tomes of Smullyan, Hodel, Fitting, Tourlakis, et al. I can't say enough good about it!
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Poorly organized textbook 4 Feb. 2014
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It contains a substantial amount of material which is poorly organized. One has to look hard to find a definition of a term. Too many curly letters and very convoluted language makes this book barely readable.
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Required Book 2 April 2013
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This book was required for class. It is a very hard read only someone who really understands math and logic would understand. But if you do then its a good book.
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