foundations of mathematics

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The study of the logical basis for mathematics, and in particular attempts to establish an axiomatic basis upon which mathematics could be built. Euclid's geometrical text the Elements is one of the best-known examples, and early in the 20th century Bertrand * Russell tried to produce a unifying set of axioms for mathematics, but failed.

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