Laws of Form

Spencer-Brown, George

We take as given the idea of distinction and the idea of indication, and that one cannot make an indication without drawing a distinction. We take therefore the form of distinction for the form. This book is a carefully crafted and beautifully written account of how the act of imagining a distinction gives rise to worlds of multiplicity from a unity where no distinction is actually possible. In a way, George Spencer-Brown's "Laws of Form" is an elaborate math puzzle. The author has given you the bare minimum of information to figure out what the heck he is talking about; your assignment ( should you choose to accept it ) is to investigate the fields of logic, symbolic logic, Boolean logic, and set theory, to attempt to reconstruct the mathematics behind the so-called Calculus of Indications presented in the book.

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