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The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain$
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Martin Daunton

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263266

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.001.0001

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Reasoning and Belief in Victorian Mathematics

Reasoning and Belief in Victorian Mathematics

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(p.138) (p.139) Chapter Six: Reasoning and Belief in Victorian Mathematics
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The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain
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Daniel J. Cohen

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the progress of mathematics in the nineteenth century. British mathematicians of this period showed interest in the formal aspects of mathematics, particularly in symbolic logic. Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead were among the most highly influential figures in Victorian mathematical circles due to their wide-ranging thought and institutional positions. Principia Mathematica (1910–1913), in which Russell and Whitehead equated logic and mathematics at the deepest level possible, was a culmination of the innovative mathematical research of the Victorian age.

Keywords:   mathematics, symbolic logic, Bertrand Russell, Alfred North Whitehead, Principia Mathematica

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