London, South Kensington
8 April 2009
BOOLE, George (1815-1864). An Investigation of the Laws of Thought, on which are founded the mathematical theories of logic and probabilities. London: Macmillan, 1854.
8° (221 x 140mm). Original green pebble-cloth, gilt-lettered spine including Boole's name (head and tail of spine rubbed, corners a little bumped and frayed, front inner hinges split).
FIRST EDITION OF BOOLE'S GREAT WORK ON MATHEMATICAL LOGIC. In this issue, L2 and Q8 are cancels, the errata leaf is the last leaf of preliminaries, and there is an additional "Note" leaf following 2E4. Boole's work hugely influenced mathematicians in the second half of the 19th century, and even led to the development of computer technology once C.E. Shannon's master's thesis of 1937 "recognised that the true/false values in Boole's two-valued algebra were analogous to the open and closed states of electric circuits." Norman 266.
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