Logic: A Very Short Introduction

Priest, Graham

Logic is one of the most ancient intellectual disciplines, and one of the most modern. Its beginnings go back to the 4th century. The only older disciplines are philosophy and mathematics, with both of which it has always been intimately connected. It was revolutionized around the turn of the twentieth century, by the application of new mathematical techniques, and in the last half-century it has found radically new and important roles in computation and information processing. It is thus a subject that is central to much human thought and endeavour. This book is an introduction to logic, as contemporary logicians now understand the subject. It does not attempt to be a textbook, however. There are numerous such books currently available. The point of this one is to explore the roots of logic, which sink deep into philosophy. Some formal logic will be explained along the way.

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