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The idea of this book is to facilitate the transition from "school mathematics" to a more formal rigorous, axiomatic approach of a professional mathematician, or at least of a more advanced study of mathematics. The first edition of the book dates back to , and in that period so-called modern mathematics was stressing much more than today the axiomatic top-down approach to mathematics than is accepted today, and it might have been a reaction of the authors to this trend. They argue that this axiomaticism is neither how mathematics developed historically, nor is it the way how professional mathematicians think and develop new ideas, and hence it should not be the way how new mathematical concepts should be introduced in an educational context. A mathematical problem is approached on an intuitive basis pointing towards a solution, and once the solution has turned out to really work, only then is everything framed in a more formal approach.

## The Foundations of Mathematics 2nd edition pdf

The idea of this book is to facilitate the transition from "school mathematics" to a more formal rigorous, axiomatic approach of a professional mathematician, or at least of a more advanced study of mathematics. The first edition of the book dates back to , and in that period so-called modern mathematics was stressing much more than today the axiomatic top-down approach to mathematics than is accepted today, and it might have been a reaction of the authors to this trend.

They argue that this axiomaticism is neither how mathematics developed historically, nor is it the way how professional mathematicians think and develop new ideas, and hence it should not be the way how new mathematical concepts should be introduced in an educational context. A mathematical problem is approached on an intuitive basis pointing towards a solution, and once the solution has turned out to really work, only then is everything framed in a more formal approach.

Precisely this process is what the authors illustrate in this book by describing the proper transition for example from an intuitive understanding of natural numbers to the Peano postulates and beyond. To achieve this goal, the book has five parts the first edition had only four. The first part starts by sketching the idea of how the learning process functions for mathematics and continues with a first approach to the real number system which consists in accepting numbers with infinitely many decimals.

In Part II, just enough set theory and mathematical logic is introduced to see how one can give a formal definition and how from this a mathematical proof can be derived. The steps followed in such a proof are analyzed and may become after a while routine.

From Part III on the more formal approach becomes central. A proof by induction leads to the Peano postulates of the natural numbers while a set theoretic approach leads to larger systems of integers, rationals, and reals. It turns out that these systems form some algebraic structures, and this viewpoint then triggers the introduction of complex numbers and more general structures.

The idea of structure theorems is important in part IV because they may give a more imaginative, visual or intuitive interpretation of the axiomatic definition of a structure. This part has several new chapters that were not in the first edition like the one on structure theorems and the one on groups, where group elements may be interpreted as a permutation of the elements of the underlying set.

In the first edition, there was a chapter on cardinals, but here, there is an extra chapter extending the reals with the infinites and their reciprocals, the infinitesimals, to form super ordered fields. The latter allow to fall back on ideas of Leibniz and Euler, to introduce concepts of calculus. Although the authors use the metaphor of foundations for a building in the text, the cover picture of the book has a stylized tree with crown and roots, which is a good metaphor for mathematics too.

If the tree has many branches and leaves, then its root system should be large enough to support these, just like mathematics need strong foundations to support all the branches and applications where it is used. When reading the lines of a mathematical proof, the student should understand each element in the line, understand why these elements are used, be fully aware how it relates to the previous lines and how it fits in the whole concept of the proof.

It has been shown that this strategy has improved the comprehension considerably. I am not sure how the material of this book could be squeezed into a mathematical curriculum, given the level of mathematical training of students entering the university.

There are so many other topics to be seen in a limited amount of time and the pressure of putting many things in the introductory courses coming from application courses or more advanced mathematical ones is often strong. Obviously the material in this book should come at the beginning of the curriculum, while it requires some knowledge from other courses like calculus or algebra. This makes me doubt that the whole book should be used an introductory course.

However, I believe that making a careful selection of the topics can be used as the basis of a course in the first year. Every chapter ends with a number of exercises which are at the level of a student. So that emphasizes the course aspect of the book. On the other hand, I am convinced that the book is even more useful and should be read by the instructors. Reading this book may warn them to be careful and take the proper approach when they want to pass on their knowledge to fresh students.

This is all the more so with this second edition. Where the first edition's main goal was to make the proper transition from intuitive undergraduate to formal graduate mathematics, in this second edition I have the impression that the goal is somewhat broadened and helps to understand and appreciate the mutual influence and the undeniable advantage of the interplay between intuition and axiomatic approaches in a broader mathematical realm. Some small negative points: There is probably no book with formulas that has no typo at all, but even though I was not particularly scanning for them, I could spot several, while reading.

Some a bit more annoying than others, but it is somewhat surprising that they do not only appear in the new chapters but also in the chapters that were also in the first edition.

Since this book is about formalization of logic and mathematics and there are some sections with historical background, it is a bit surprising that we do not find a reference to Whitehead and Russell with their Principia Mathematica , and the approach of the Bourbaki group. This is the second and enlarged edition of the book with the same title from The message is to bring the reader from an intuitive approach to mathematics to a more formal axiomatic formulation as is needed when passing from an undergraduate level to a more advanced fundamental or even a professional level.

The main ideas are illustrated with different approaches to the definitions and the understanding of number systems and the algebraic structures that they represent. Skip to main content. The Foundations of Mathematics 2nd ed. Create new account Request new password.

## The Foundations of Mathematics

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