Reasoning and Belief in Victorian Mathematics

Daniel J. Cohen

in The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263266
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734854 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Reasoning and Belief in Victorian Mathematics

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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

Chapter.  8733 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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