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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very accessible mathematical classic
An excellent and lucid exposition of what we really mean when we talk about 2 houses, or 1/2 an hour, or square root of 2 meters, or that the counting numbers are infinite. It does not require any prior mathematical knowledge beyond the basics, although it probably will be of interest only to those that care about math at its most abstract. It is fascinating to...
Published on 30 Sep 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bad edition
Russell's brilliant classic is a easy introduction to his views on a number of topics in philosophy of mathematics and logic, and remains a good place to approach these topics in their own right. Unfortunately, this edition (Forgotten Books) is unacceptable, as it fails to reprint p. 83.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bad edition, 27 Aug 2010
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Derek Ball (St Andrews, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Russell's brilliant classic is a easy introduction to his views on a number of topics in philosophy of mathematics and logic, and remains a good place to approach these topics in their own right. Unfortunately, this edition (Forgotten Books) is unacceptable, as it fails to reprint p. 83.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very accessible mathematical classic, 30 Sep 1998
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An excellent and lucid exposition of what we really mean when we talk about 2 houses, or 1/2 an hour, or square root of 2 meters, or that the counting numbers are infinite. It does not require any prior mathematical knowledge beyond the basics, although it probably will be of interest only to those that care about math at its most abstract. It is fascinating to realize how much we take for granted when we do math and how much ingenuity it takes to pin down the concept of number. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult To Read, 17 Oct 2011
Amazing book. However this edition was awful, alright into the first chapter there was spelling mistakes. I downloaded another edition online for free. I definitely recommend the book, just not this edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars buyer beware, 4 Jan 2012
Buyer beware: some editions of this book are produced by the process of scanning and then optical character recognition. This process generally works well for pure text but can cause problems for equations, strings of numbers. The copy I got from Amazon itself, pub. by GeneralBooks, was appalling - the equations had produced unrecognizable gibberish and there were many omisions and other errors. Not worth having. Amazon kindly refunded without charge.

(Note that these reviews appear to all the editions - not just a particular one)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!, 6 Mar 2014
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Mr. A. Simpson (Nottingham) - See all my reviews
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This incomplete edition is a travesty of Russell's work. It merits no stars at all! Why does Amazon persist in offering such shoody goods?
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2.0 out of 5 stars poorly put together, 11 Mar 2011
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B. L. J. Webb "webbski7" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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The content is good, as is typical of Russell, but with no index and the 16 chapters just labelled section 1 to section 16, it is difficult to find a subject and ever harder to cross reference topics.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathematical Philosophy, 9 Sep 2004
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What the author of the review above (the first one) obviously didn't notice was that the book is called 'intro to m'cal philosophy' not 'the philosophy of mathematics'. As Russell at the time had been introducing a 'mathematical method' into philosophy, e.g. in the case of maths to derive it from the certainties of logic (e.g. Principia Mathematica), the book serves as an excellent intro to some of the central notions of PM, and thus is a brilliant intro to Mathematical Philosophy, which is best displayed in PM. The title is in no way misleading and besides many matters which do not pertain especially more to logicism than any other foundational philosophy, such as ordinality and cardinality etc are ludidly and wittily explained. Certianly a good first step with which to explore the philosophy of maths.
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10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very dated and one-sided introduction to the subject, 12 July 1999
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This book is important for revealing Russell's views, at a certain point in his career, on the philosphies of mathematics and logic. But it says little on other philosophical viewpoints (even if only to criticise them). It might be better titled now 'Introduction to a Mathematical Philosophy (Called Logicism)'. We can hardly blame Russell for not knowing about the later developments of the subject (especially Godel), but it is worth bearing in mind that the book was written before some very important discoveries.
Like anything Russell wrote, it is a pleasure to read - his writing style is wonderful, and quite extraordinary when one realises how quickly he wrote this book (in prison, too!), but I suspect that for many readers the mathematical content will prove a little tricky to grasp.
As a historical document, it is fascinating; as an introduction to mathematical philosophy it is too narrow-minded for 1999.
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