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## Alfred North Whitehead Bertrand Russell-Principia Mathematica Vol

The content of PM is described in a section by section synopsis, stated in modernized logical notation and described following the introductory notes from each of the three volumes. The original notion is presented in a companion article of this Encyclopedia, The Notation of Principia Mathematica.

Principia Mathematica , the landmark work in formal logic written by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell , was first published in three volumes in , and In an abbreviated issue containing only the first 56 chapters appeared in paperback.

Written as a defense of logicism the thesis that mathematics is in some significant sense reducible to logic , the book was instrumental in developing and popularizing modern mathematical logic. It also served as a major impetus for research in the foundations of mathematics throughout the twentieth century. This entry includes a presentation of the main definitions and theorems used in the development of the logicist project in PM.

The entry indicates a path through the whole work presenting the basic results proved in Principia Mathematica PM in a somewhat more contemporary notation, so as to make it easy to compare the system of Whitehead and Russell with that of Frege, the other most prominent advocate of logicism in the foundations of mathematics.

The aim of that program, as described by Russell in the opening lines of the preface to his book The Principles of Mathematics , namely to define mathematical notions in terms of logical notions, and to derive mathematical principles, so defined, from logical principles alone:.

The present work has two main objects. One of these, the proof that all pure mathematics deals exclusively with concepts definable in terms of a very small number of fundamental concepts, and that all its propositions are deducible from a very small number of fundamental logical principles, is undertaken in Parts II—VII of this work, and will be established by strict symbolic reasoning in Volume II.

This is a purely philosophical task…. In he enlisted Alfred North Whitehead to join him in the writing of this second volume, but soon the project turned into a new work, Principia Mathematica , a massive three volume work, that was not to be published until Volume I , Volume II and Volume III.

The most important step is to define set expressions in terms of higher-order functions. And additional cost of this method is that while for Frege sets are objects of the lowest types, there will be sets in the PM theory in a simple theory of types, which distinguishes individuals and sets of individuals and sets of sets of individuals, etc.

That will be of the same simple type requires the axiom of reducibily. The cost of adopting the theory of types to avoid the paradox extends to difficulties in constructing the natural numbers.

Frege was able to define the successor of a number by using the set of its predecessors. The number 2 is the set containing 0 and 1, and thus it has two members. They will, however, be of different types in the hierarchy of simple types, and so the whole set of natural numbers cannot be defined within the theory of simple types.

Since each step from 0 to 1, to 2, etc, raises the simple types from 0 to 1 to 2, there will be no simple type of all the natural numbers, so defined. Instead PM adopts the axiom of infinity which assures the existence of an infinite number of individuals, allowing for the construction of the natural numbers for each type above a lower bound of 3 or so as numbers will be sets of equinumerous sets of individuals….

Instead the contemporary account of natural numbers and real numbers is seen as an elementary extension of the axiomatic Zermelo-Frankel set theory.

These positive rational numbers are extended to the whole set by adding negative integers, and then real numbers are defined as Dedekind cuts in the rational numbers, i. The arithmetic of real numbers is then defined for these constructions, and so with sets of real numbers the whole of analysis can be reduced to arithmetic. Russell says later that he regrets that the theory of relation numbers was not picked up by later set theorists, even though this was some of his most original work in PM.

The brief summary of these later topics that we include below, can therefore be seen as a summary of the interesting consequences of taking a different route to the definition of natural numbers based on a logic of relations and properties, rather than the set theory of contemporary foundations of mathematics.

This entry is thus aimed at an explication of the unusual order of presentation of these results, in comparison with both Frege and contemporary set theory, and to illustrate these aspects of the theory of relations that are not investigated by contemporary researchers. Logicism is the view that some or all of mathematics can be reduced to formal logic. It is often explained as a two-part thesis. First, it consists of the claim that all mathematical truths can be translated into logical truths or, in other words, that the vocabulary of mathematics constitutes a proper subset of the vocabulary of logic.

Second, it consists of the claim that all mathematical proofs can be recast as logical proofs or, in other words, that the theorems of mathematics constitute a proper subset of the theorems of logic.

The logicist thesis appears to have been first advocated in the late seventeenth century by Gottfried Leibniz. Later, the idea was defended in much greater detail by Gottlob Frege. During the critical movement of the s, mathematicians such as Bernard Bolzano, Niels Abel, Louis Cauchy, and Karl Weierstrass succeeded in eliminating much of the vagueness and many of the contradictions present in the mathematics of their day.

By the mid- to lates, William Hamilton had gone on to introduce ordered couples of reals as the first step in supplying a logical basis for the complex numbers and Karl Weierstrass, Richard Dedekind, and Georg Cantor had all developed methods for founding the irrationals in terms of the rationals.

Using work done by H. Grassmann and Richard Dedekind, Guiseppe Peano had then gone on to develop a theory of the rationals based on his now famous axioms for the natural numbers. Even so, it was not until , when Frege developed the necessary logical apparatus, that logicism could finally be said to have become technically plausible. By , both Whitehead and Russell had reached this same conclusion. Since their research overlapped considerably, they began collaborating on what would eventually become Principia Mathematica.

The two men then collaborated on the technical derivations. As Russell writes,. As for the mathematical problems, Whitehead invented most of the notation, except in so far as it was taken over from Peano; I did most of the work concerned with series and Whitehead did most of the rest.

But this only applies to first drafts. Every part was done three times over. When one of us had produced a first draft, he would send it to the other, who would usually modify it considerably. After which, the one who had made the first draft would put it into final form.

There is hardly a line in all the three volumes which is not a joint product. Initially, it was thought that the project might take a year to complete. Unfortunately, after almost a decade of difficult work on the part of the two men, Cambridge University Press concluded that publishing Principia would result in an estimated loss of pounds.

Although the press agreed to assume half this amount and the Royal Society agreed to donate another pounds, this still left a pound deficit. Only by each contributing 50 pounds were the authors able to see their work through to publication. Publication involved the enormous job of type-setting all three volumes by hand.

In , the printing of the second volume was interrupted when Whitehead discovered a difficulty with the symbolism. Russell responded by sending Carnap a 35 page handwritten summary of the definitions and some important theorems in the work Linsky 14— As no plates were available for a second printing, Russell began the work of preparing a second edition that appeared in — The first was reset along with a new introduction and three appendices, and Volume II was reset as well.

Volume III was reproduced by a photographic process, and so the page numbers from the first edition are the same in this volume. Principia Mathematica is still in print with Cambridge University Press. As with many works in mathematics, the later progress of the field in symbolic logic led to numerous developments in the field. This criticism was immediate, begun by Chwistek after only the first volume had been published.

A series of important new presentations of mathematical logic, in particular Hilbert and Ackermann , Hilbert and Bernays , and Kleene , were adopted as text books by successive generations of logicians. As pointed out in Urquhart this lead to a slow decline in the number of references to PM in technical work in logic, as well as its gradual replacement by other texts for the Introduction to Symbolic Logic courses that soon became a staple offering of university departments of philosophy.

By the s PM was no longer used as a textbook, even in graduate courses. This entry, together with the entry on the notation in Principia Mathematica , are intended to make the contributions of this monumental work available, and to enable further research on some of the ideas hidden in those three long volumes.

An initial response among mathematicians and logicians in Germany and Poland was to decry the decline in standards of formal rigor set by Frege. This complaint was voiced by Frege himself, in a letter to Philip Jourdain in It does seem so. But I do not understand all of it. I never know for sure whether he is speaking of a sign or of its content. Frege This entry will present a modernized version of the syntax of PM, combined with an account of the notation for types in the works of Alonzo Church , Modern theories of types allow for a coherent syntax for higher-order languages which many find adequate to meet these objections.

What is missing, above all, is a precise statement of the syntax of the formalism. These are introduced not by explicit definition, but by rules describing how sentences containing them are to be translated into sentences not containing them.

To be sure, however, that or for what expressions this translation is possible and uniquely determined and that or to what extent the rules of inference apply to the new kind of expressions, it is necessary to have a survey of all possible expressions, and this can be furnished only by syntactical considerations.

The modern presentation of PM is this entry includes the symbols for descriptions and classes, thus differing from the completely rigorous presentations of Church , for example, who avoids both definite descriptions and class expressions, and takes identity as an undefined primitive. Primarily at issue were the kinds of assumptions Whitehead and Russell needed to complete their project. The axiom of infinity in effect states that there exists an infinite number of objects. Arguably it makes the kind of assumption generally thought to be empirical rather than logical in nature.

Russell objected that without a rule guiding the choice, such an axiom was not a logical principle. Although technically feasible, many critics concluded that the axiom was simply too ad hoc to be justified philosophically. Initially at least, Leon Chwistek believed that it led to a contradiction. Kanamori sums up the sentiment of many readers:. In traumatic reaction to his paradox Russell had built a complex system of orders and types only to collapse it with his Axiom of Reducibility, a fearful symmetry imposed by an artful dodger.

In the minds of many, the issue of whether mathematics could be reduced to logic, or whether it could be reduced only to set theory, thus remained open. In response, Whitehead and Russell argued that both axioms were defensible on inductive grounds. As they tell us in the Introduction to the first volume of Principia ,. The reason for accepting an axiom, as for accepting any other proposition, is always largely inductive, namely that many propositions which are nearly indubitable can be deduced from it, and that no equally plausible way is known by which these propositions could be true if the axiom were false, and nothing which is probably false can be deduced from it.

If the axiom is apparently self-evident, that only means, practically, that it is nearly indubitable; for things have been thought to be self-evident and have yet turned out to be false. And if the axiom itself is nearly indubitable, that merely adds to the inductive evidence derived from the fact that its consequences are nearly indubitable: it does not provide new evidence of a radically different kind.

Infallibility is never attainable, and therefore some element of doubt should always attach to every axiom and to all its consequences. In formal logic, the element of doubt is less than in most sciences, but it is not absent, as appears from the fact that the paradoxes followed from premisses which were not previously known to require limitations.

Both Whitehead and I were disappointed that Principia Mathematica was only viewed from a philosophical standpoint. People were interested in what was said about the contradictions and in the question whether ordinary mathematics had been validly deduced from purely logical premisses, but they were not interested in the mathematical techniques developed in the course of the work.

I will give two illustrations: Mathematische Annalen published about ten years after the publication of Principia a long article giving some of the results which unknown to the author we had worked out in Part IV of our book.

This article fell into certain inaccuracies which we had avoided, but contained nothing valid which we had not already published. The author was obviously totally unaware that he had been anticipated.

## Principia mathematica

The content of PM is described in a section by section synopsis, stated in modernized logical notation and described following the introductory notes from each of the three volumes. The original notion is presented in a companion article of this Encyclopedia, The Notation of Principia Mathematica. Principia Mathematica , the landmark work in formal logic written by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell , was first published in three volumes in , and In an abbreviated issue containing only the first 56 chapters appeared in paperback. Written as a defense of logicism the thesis that mathematics is in some significant sense reducible to logic , the book was instrumental in developing and popularizing modern mathematical logic.

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