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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One step from greatness
The main virtue of this book, and which sets it apart from most other modern textbooks I have seen, is that it provides clear and usually illuminating explanations of the philosophical importance of the topics covered. These explanations and clarifications are given in a clear and usually crisp prose and emphasise the philosophical importance of whatever metalogical...
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted
This book is FULL of information, the hard part is knowing how to understand it. This was the recommended book for my BSc degree and I found it SO hard to understand. The terminology and diagrams were vague and ambiguous. Unless you attend Oxford or Cambridge, don't bother with this book.
Published on 13 Nov. 2000


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One step from greatness, 6 Dec. 2005
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Agahi Sama (Stockholm, Sweden) - See all my reviews
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The main virtue of this book, and which sets it apart from most other modern textbooks I have seen, is that it provides clear and usually illuminating explanations of the philosophical importance of the topics covered. These explanations and clarifications are given in a clear and usually crisp prose and emphasise the philosophical importance of whatever metalogical method or result they concern. I regard it as a very suitable companion or reference-work for the philosophically interested student of logic. For rigorous and very detailed proofs and definitions I normally consult a book like Mendelson's Introduction to Mathematical Logic, but usually I read what Boolos, Burgess and Jeffrey say too. The fact that the book (in its fourth edition at least) is divided into many short chapters makes it all the more useful as a companion. The short 'abstracts' that introduce each chapter deserve special mention. An index is the best way of localising information about something one knows one needs. The abstracts often do the reverse; they help one realise what one needs.
There are, however, WAY TOO MANY typos. Burgess has a list of errata on his web-page, but it is not exhaustive and above all a professionally produced book should not have this many typos. This is, in my mind, the only thing that prevents it from earning five stars.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a standard work., 26 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: Computability and Logic (Paperback)
This is simply to say that this is a marvellous and, apart from anything else, standard work, and that therefore the only other review presented by Amazon grossly distorts its nature and status. A must buy!
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted, 13 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Computability and Logic (Paperback)
This book is FULL of information, the hard part is knowing how to understand it. This was the recommended book for my BSc degree and I found it SO hard to understand. The terminology and diagrams were vague and ambiguous. Unless you attend Oxford or Cambridge, don't bother with this book.
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