Introduction to logic
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So much more can be said, but I'll close by stating that I'm thankful for Suppes' lifelong dedication and simply want to acknowledge the contribution it has made in my intellectual and professional development.
I bought it looking for a book that could make my students think for themselves as well as getting excited by the wonderful subject which is logic (deductive reasoning). Its explanations are very clear and solid. The first part which covers propositional and first order logic is presented quite extensive and rigorous. The downside is that there is no metatheory, i.e. there are no proof of the important theorems. This could be understandable since the book has for primary audience first year undergraduates. Another downside of this book is that a large part of the exercises are very difficult to solve because the theory that preceeds them is not enough to know how to proceed. I mean this: at the end of every chapter there are exercises, the problem is that a great amount of these exercises require to know more theory than what is there.
Part II, naive set theory, is delightful. The chapter on functions is just very stimulating. For anyone curious, without mathematical background, to know some set theory this part is suitable. It has one of the downsides of Part I, some exercises are not easy to solve since the theory given is not enough. Nevertheless, the presentation is quite good. Anyone interested in a rigorous set theory can buy the author's «Axiomatic set theory».
Even though I have mentioned some cons of Suppes' book, I still considered it as one of its kind. I mean, it may have no metalogic, but it is still a competent book.
Nice purchase, nice reading.