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Venn, John (1834-1923)
SYMBOLIC LOGIC. LONDON: MACMILLAN AND CO., 1881
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Venn, John (1834-1923)
SYMBOLIC LOGIC. LONDON: MACMILLAN AND CO., 1881
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Venn, John (1834-1923)
SYMBOLIC LOGIC. LONDON: MACMILLAN AND CO., 1881
FIRST EDITION, 8vo, leaf of advertisements at the end, original maroon cloth lettered in gilt on spine, black endpapers, minor browning, some wear and tiny nicks to cloth on spine
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Provenance

bought from Bernard Quaritch, London, 1987

Literature

Tomash & Williams V10

Catalogue Note

The philosopher John Venn was one of the nineteenth-century missionaries of the new style of professional philosophy which ultimately outlasted its period and established a ground-breaking analytical approach "characterized by a persistent and confident pursuit of intelligence and truth" (ODNB). In its more modern form, this is known as the "Cambridge philosophy of common-sense". In Symbolic Logic, the second of the author's three major works on logic, Venn adjudicates the debate between the leading logicians of the day, including W. S. Jevons and C. S. Peirce, on the application of George Boole's algebraic techniques. The work also contains the fullest development of the method of the "Venn diagram" (a diagram which shows all possible logical relations between a finite collection of sets), for whose invention (see previous lot) he is most widely known today. "While claiming no originality, his achievements in reworking algebra and geometry for logic were pathfinding and profound" (op.cit.).

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