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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e09e468) out of 5 stars Not too introductory, but excellent 5 Nov. 2004
By otherwise - Published on
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I recommend this book to philosophy students who study philosophical logic and wish to get into mathematical logic. The system of natural deduction he uses is not explained in much detail, but as long as you have learned at least one system of natural deduction and perhaps even the tree method of proof, you should be fine. His definitions and explanations of terms and of how one develops logical rules are excellent and explained very well. There is also a treatment of informal proof methods that mathematicians use, a section on basic set theory, and a section on axiomatizing scientific theories--the latter hinting at some of Suppes' own philosophical ideas.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d63b3e4) out of 5 stars It is A great Book 11 Jan. 2007
By Getnet Gidelew - Published on
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I used this book as an additional reference for graduate Logic courses and I found it is really a great book that any Mathematician or Logician should have it. Its examples and explanations are very clear that anyone who has little logic concept can easily understand with out any difficulty. Its exercises through out the book are well organized and carefully selected and are very helpful despite the fact that this book lacks answers and solutions for the exercise problems.

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HASH(0x9e154f48) out of 5 stars Giving Thanks... 27 Nov. 2014
By Alex P. Keaton - Published on
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It is Thanksgiving in America today and I thought it fitting to leave a review of this excellent book. Patrick Suppes died two days ago at the age of 92. Suppes comes from a tradition of brilliant philosophers who excelled in many fields (most notably mathematics and logic in Suppes' case). His body of work, which can be found at Standford (suppes-corpus), is truly remarkable. This book, along with his Set Theory book were staples in my educational foundation. There are many great logic texts available, but over the decades I've found no logic book more useful for applying logical/critical thinking in both non-mathematical and mathematical contexts. Both books are challenging and require effort from the reader, but 100 pages into both and you'll notice how differently you think and how problems in other books/contexts become tractable. In regards to his Set Theory book, only Enderton's book is on par, imho.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ddcbf18) out of 5 stars Consice introduction to logic 24 Dec. 2011
By Joel Zela Casaverde - Published on
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It is incredible how some books, written long ago, are still useful. Well, Suppes' «Introduction to Logic» is one of those rare specimens.
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3d0d38) out of 5 stars Great introduction (and a bit more) 29 Mar. 2011
By Klug - Published on
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Suppes is a reference in the foundations of Maths (Logic and set theory). This Introduction to Logic is actually an introduction to his "Axiomatic Set Theory", a reference on the topic. His language is clear, and yet mathematically precise.
Nice purchase, nice reading.
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