Synopses & Reviews
In this introduction to set theory and logic, the author discusses first order logic, and gives a rigorous axiomatic presentation of Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory. He includes many methodological remarks and explanations, and demonstrates how the basic concepts of mathematics can be reduced to set theory. He explains concepts and results of recursion theory in intuitive terms, and reaches the limitative results of Skolem, Tarski, Church and Gödel (the celebrated incompleteness theorems). For students of mathematics and philosophy, this book provides an excellent introduction to logic and set theory.
Review
"...a concise and polished text..." J.M. Plotkin, Mathematical Reviews
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Rigorous coverage of logic and set theory for students of mathematics and philosophy.
Synopsis
This is an introduction to set theory and logic that starts completely from scratch. The text is accompanied by many methodological remarks and explanations. A rigorous axiomatic presentation of Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory is given, demonstrating how the basic concepts of mathematics have apparently been reduced to set theory. This is followed by a presentation of propositional and first-order logic. Concepts and results of recursion theory are explained in intuitive terms, and the author proves and explains the limitative results of Skolem, Tarski, Church and Gödel (the celebrated incompleteness theorems). For students of mathematics or philosophy this book provides an excellent introduction to logic and set theory.
Synopsis
This introduction to set theory and logic discusses first order logic, and provides a rigorous axiomatic presentation of Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory. It includes many methodological remarks and explanations, demonstrating how the basic concepts of mathematics can be reduced to set theory.
Table of Contents
Mathematical induction; 1. Sets and classes; 2. Relations and functions; 3. Cardinals; 4. Ordinals; 5. The axiom of choice; 6. Finite cardinals and alephs; 7. Propositional logic; 8. First order logic; 9. Facts from recursion theory; 10. Limitative results; Appendix: Skolem's paradox.