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Nature volume 142, pages 662663 (08 October 1938) | Download Citation



MANY thinkers have regretted Bertrand Russells desertion of the arid beauties of mathematical logic for the alluring dangers of practical ethics and sociology. This new edition of the “Principles of Mathematics” will be welcomed by them not only because it makes accessible to all a book which fetched eight guineas when a stray copy could still be found, but also for its preface which many might wish to consider as a 'return to mathematical logic'. This preface of ten pages shows, in fact, that Russell has never lost his interest in the subject. He tells us that he sees no reason as yet to modify his views on his fundamental thesis of the identity of mathematics and logic ; and he supports his opinions by a short discussion of the main contentions of the formalist and of the intuitionist schools.

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