RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 316571725 LA English UL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780444879523 T1 Boole's logic and probability a critical exposition from the standpoint of contemporary algebra, logic, and probability theory A1 Hailperin, Theodore., PB North-Holland Pub. Co. ; Sole distributors for the U.S.A. and Canada, Elsevier Science Pub. Co. PP Amsterdam, Netherlands; New York; New York, N.Y., U.S.A. YR 1986 SN 9780444879523 0444879528 9781435686984 1435686985 AB Since the publication of the first edition in 1976, there has been a notable increase of interest in the development of logic. This is evidenced by the several conferences on the history of logic, by a journal devoted to the subject, and by an accumulation of new results. This increased activity and the new results - the chief one being that Boole's work in probability is best viewed as a probability logic - were influential circumstances conducive to a new edition. Chapter 1, presenting Boole's ideas on a mathematical treatment of logic, from their emergence in his early 1847 work on through to his immediate successors, has been considerably enlarged. Chapter 2 includes additional discussion of the ``uninterpretable'' notion, both semantically and syntactically. Chapter 3 now includes a revival of Boole's abandoned propositional logic and, also, a discussion of his hitherto unnoticed brush with ancient formal logic. Chapter 5 has an improved explanation of why Boole's probability method works. Chapter 6, Applications and Probability Logic, is a new addition. Changes from the first edition have brought about a three-fold increase in the bibliography.