[Science, Mathematics, Philosophy]. John Venn. Symbolic Logic. London: Macmillan and Co., 1881. First edition, first printing. Notable for its introduction of the Venn Diagram. Octavo, Illustrated. Publisher's cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Spine slightly sunned. Extremities gently rubbed and bumped, with some minor surface loss due to biopredation. Front and rear hinges lightly cracked. Scattered foxing to endpapers. Owner's in inscriptions. Very good.

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    "Modern set theory put mathematics on a firm, logical foundation; allowing mathematicians to give precise definitions to their terms, thereby replacing the unsatisfactory and fuzzy language of the seventeenth century with the much more exact language of sets. To illustrate the concepts of this new set theory, different types of logical diagrams emerged, the most famous of these being the well-known Venn diagrams.

    While Symbolic Logic was written initially as an attempt to expand and clarify Boolean algebra, Venn's diagrams have proven to be so successful that their uses have been expanded into probability theory, logic, statistics and computer science."

    (Edwards, Encyclopedia of Philosophy Vol. 8).

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