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An Investigation of the Laws of Thought
On Which Are Founded the Mathematical Theories of Logic and Probabilities


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Mathematics

  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108001533

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  • Self-taught mathematician and father of Boolean algebra, George Boole (1815–1864) published An Investigation of the Laws of Thought in 1854. In this highly original investigation of the fundamental laws of human reasoning, a sequel to ideas he had explored in earlier writings, Boole uses the symbolic language of mathematics to establish a method to examine the nature of the human mind using logic and the theory of probabilities. Boole considers language not just as a mode of expression, but as a system one can use to understand the human mind. In the first 12 chapters, he sets down the rules necessary to represent logic in this unique way. Then he analyses a variety of arguments and propositions of various writers from Aristotle to Spinoza. One of history's most insightful mathematicians, Boole is compelling reading for today's student of intellectual history and the science of the mind.

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108001533
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Nature and design of this work
    2. Signs and their laws
    3. Derivation of the laws
    4. Division of propositions
    5. Principles of symbolic reasoning
    6. Of interpretation
    7. Of elimination
    8. Of reduction
    9. Methods of abbreviation
    10. Conditions of a perfect method
    11. Of secondary propositions
    12. Methods in secondary propositions
    13. Clarke and Spinoza
    14. Examples of analysis
    15. Of the Aristotelian logic
    16. Of the theory of probabilities
    17. General method in probabilities
    18. Elementary illustrations
    19. Of statistical conditions
    20. Problems on causes
    21. Probability of judgements
    22. Constitution of the intellect.

  • Author

    George Boole

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