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Logic Primer (MIT Press) [Print Replica] Kindle Edition
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It covers sentential (propositional) logic, truth tables, predicate logic, and models and countermodels. It does not cover modal logic. Answers to lots (but not all) of the exercises are in the back of the book.
This book is not really suitible for self-teaching, and the authors are clear in the introduction that they wrote it intending it to be used with an instructor who knows what s/he is doing. It is very light on explanation - pretty much just a list of definitions and lots and lots of exercises to practice with. If you are teaching yourself this stuff, you will need a book with more explanation of what is going on. If you are being taught then this book is great as it gets to the point. With logic exercises, you always have to flick back and forth to remind yourself of secondary rules, or what goes in the assumption set when using a particular operator, so it's great not having lots of annoying explanatory text in the way when you're doing that.
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Contra the previous review, I found this textbook to be tremendously helpful. I was fortunate enough to study with Dr. Bill Robinson, who worked hard to insure that his lectures adequately explained the material: the book complemented that instruction. If I needed to refer back for the formal definition of a term or rule, I had the book to rely on. The definitions were clearly worded, and made plain sense (when coupled with the high level of classroom instruction) and the examples and exercises were helpful for understanding and practice. Step-by-step solutions were given at the back of the book for selected problems. In short, this text provided a useful complement to the fine instruction I received in symbolic logic, and, when properly used in concert with such instruction, should provide any beginning practioner of symbolic logic the tools he needs to begin to his foray into the world of logic.
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