By Augustus De Morgan
From the EDITOR’S NOTE.
No apology is required for the e-book of the current new version of The learn and problems of Mathematics,—a attribute construction of 1 of the main eminent and luminous of English mathematical writers of the current century. De Morgan, even though taking greater rank as an unique inquirer than both Huxley or Tyndall, was once the peer and lineal precursor of those nice expositors of technology, and he utilized to his lifelong activity an historic apparatus and a mental perception that have no longer but borne their complete academic fruit. And nowhere have those distinct traits been exhibited to higher virtue than within the current paintings, which was once conceived and written with the whole usual freedom, and with the entire fireplace, of younger genius. For the contents and function of the ebook the reader might be spoke of the Author's Preface. The paintings nonetheless includes issues (notable between them is its insistence at the examine of logic), that are insufficiently emphasised, or slurred, by way of simple treatises; whereas the freshness and naturalness of its standpoint contrasts strongly with the mechanical personality of the typical text-books. simple teachers and scholars can't fail to learn by way of the final loftiness of its tone and the sound tenor of its directions.
the unique treatise, which was once released by way of the Society for the Diffusion of priceless wisdom and bears the date of 1831, is now essentially inaccessible, and is marred by means of a number of errata and typographical solecisms, from which, it really is was hoping, the current version is loose. References to the rest mathematical textbooks of the Society for the Diffusion of worthwhile wisdom now out of print have both been passed over or supplemented through the point out of extra sleek works. The few notes which were extra are often bibliographical in personality, and refer, for example, to trendy treatises on good judgment, algebra, the philosophy of arithmetic, and pangeometry. For the portrait and autograph signature of De Morgan, which graces the web page contrary the name, The Open courtroom Publishing corporation is indebted to the courtesy of crucial David Eugene Smith, of the kingdom general college at Brockport, N. Y.
THOMAS J. MCCORMACK.
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