New York: Macmillan Co., 1919. FIRST U.S. EDITION. Hardcover. 8vo. Brick red cloth over boards, front board ruled in blind. Corners nudged, and 1/2" inch chip from cloth at top of spine. Clean bright copy with light age-tanning to pages. Good Plus. Item #84541
One of the series entitled "Library of Philosophy" edited by J.H. Muirhead. , this work was "...written while Russell was serving time in Brixton Prison due to his anti-war activities. Russell examines various topics within the field of mathematics "...and mathematical logic including the logical basis and definition of natural numbers, real and complex numbers, limits and continuity, and classes..."
In the preface, Russell states his intentions are for this work to serve as an introduction to the field, and acknowledges that "much of what is set forth...is not properly to be called 'philosophy'...the nature of infinity and continuity, for example, belonged in former days to philosophy, but now belongs to mathematics...the philosophy of mathematics will naturally be expected to deal with questions on the frontier of knowledge, as to which comparitive certainty is not yet attained..."
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