Principia Mathematica

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Title page of the Principia Mathematica

The Principia Mathematica is a three-volume work on the foundations of mathematics, written by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell and published in 1910, 1912, and 1913. In 1927, it appeared in a second edition with an important Introduction To the Second Edition, an Appendix A that replaced ✸9 and an all-new Appendix C.


  • From this proposition it will follow, when arithmetical addition has been defined, that 1+1=2.
    • ✸54·43

Quotes about Principia Mathematica[edit]

  • As a work in mathematics, Principia Mathematica soon became obsolete. Symbolic logic is also a field of philosophy, and so the study of major works from the past has a special role unlike that of the study of the history of mathematics.
    • Bernard Linsky, The Evolution of Principia Mathematica (2011)

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