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1.0 out of 5 stars Neither "great", nor "the best" and even less "terrific"..., 22 Dec 2011
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André Gargoura "André Gargoura" (Paris, France) - See all my reviews
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... contrary to what I read among the wealth of dithyrambic adjectives concerning that book !!!

FIRST : As I reached half the book it was already giving signs of a strong "desire" to fall apart, with the front pages almost ripped off and the next pages soon to follow... Academic Press/Elsevier should try to get a training in the UK on how to provide a decent structure for a book in that price range.

SECOND : impractical numbering of sections, theorems, subsections + no mention of sections at the top of the page, making the search difficult + a very dull layout ...

THIRD : A very peculiar way of proving theorems : quite a personal interpretation of induction and recursion (a way for Enderton to free himself from the burden of really getting at the bottom of things...). It seems like Enderton had enrolled in a marathonian effort to give tortuous proofs, often incomplete and based on fistulous definitions, which turn the reading into a continual second-guessing exercise, with its load of annotations...
Added to the annoying game of transferring part of the theory to a bunch of exercises.

FOURTH : Wiith a horrific set of notations, chapter 3 (on undecidability) is simply unreadable and I wish good luck to those who want to understand Gödel's theorems via such confused and confusing text...

FIFTH : I am perusing chapter 4 with the faint hope that it isn't a second-order magma...

I really wish that Peter Smith (his excellent "Introduction to Gödel's theorems", see my review) decide, one day, to write a book on mathemetical first- and second-order logic !!!
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A Mathematical Introduction to Logic by Herbert B. Enderton (Hardcover - Jun 1972)
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