David Hilbert's Lectures on the Foundations of Arithmetic and Logic 1917-1933 / Edition 1by William Ewald
Pub. Date: 06/30/2013
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
The core of Volume3 consists of lecture notes for seven sets of lectures Hilbert gave (often in collaboration with Bernays) on the foundations of mathematics between 1917 and 1926. These texts make possible for the first time a detailed reconstruction of the rapid development of Hilbert’s foundational thought during this period, and show the increasing… See more details below
The core of Volume3 consists of lecture notes for seven sets of lectures Hilbert gave (often in collaboration with Bernays) on the foundations of mathematics between 1917 and 1926. These texts make possible for the first time a detailed reconstruction of the rapid development of Hilbert’s foundational thought during this period, and show the increasing dominance of the metamathematical perspective in his logical work: the emergence of modern mathematical logic; the explicit raising of questions of completeness, consistency and decidability for logical systems; the investigation of the relative strengths of various logical calculi; the birth and evolution of proof theory, and the parallel emergence of Hilbert’s finitist standpoint. The lecture notes are accompanied by numerous supplementary documents, both published and unpublished, including a complete version of Bernays’s Habilitationschrift of 1918, the text of the first edition of Hilbert and Ackermann’s Grundzüge der theoretischen Logik (1928), and several shorter lectures by Hilbert from the later 1920s. These documents, which provide the background to Hilbert and Bernays’s monumental Grundlagen der Mathematik (1934, 1938), are essential for understanding the development of modern mathematical logic, and for reconstructing the interactions between Hilbert, Bernays, Brouwer, and Weyl in the philosophy of mathematics.
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Table of Contents
Introduction.- Hilbert's Lectures on Principles of Mathematics from 1917-18.- Hilbert's Lectures on the Logical Calculus from 1920.- Chapter 3: Hilbert's Lectures on Problems of Mathematical Logic from 1920.- Hilbert's Lectures on Foundations of Mathematics from 1921-22.- Hilbert's Lectures on Logical Foundations of Mathematics from 1922-23.- Hilbert's Lectures on the Infinite from 1924-25.- Hilbert's Typescript on the Foundations of Thought from c. 1925.- Hilbert's Lecture on Infinity from 1933.- Miscellanea.- Appendix A: Bernays's Habilitation Thesis from 1918.- Appendix B: First Edition of Hilbert and Ackermann, 1928.
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