By Augustus De Morgan
From the EDITOR’S NOTE.
No apology is required for the booklet of the current new version of The examine 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, notwithstanding taking larger rank as an unique inquirer than both Huxley or Tyndall, used to be the peer and lineal precursor of those nice expositors of technological know-how, and he utilized to his lifelong activity an historic gear and a mental perception that have now not but borne their complete academic fruit. And nowhere have those distinctive features been exhibited to better virtue than within the current paintings, which was once conceived and written with the whole ordinary freedom, and with the entire fireplace, of younger genius. For the contents and objective of the publication the reader should be spoke of the Author's Preface. The paintings nonetheless comprises issues (notable between them is its insistence at the learn of logic), that are insufficiently emphasised, or slurred, by way of straightforward treatises; whereas the freshness and naturalness of its perspective contrasts strongly with the mechanical personality of the typical text-books. common teachers and scholars can't fail to benefit 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 important wisdom and bears the date of 1831, is now virtually inaccessible, and is marred via various errata and typographical solecisms, from which, it truly is was hoping, the current variation is unfastened. References to the remainder mathematical textbooks of the Society for the Diffusion of necessary wisdom now out of print have both been passed over or supplemented by way of the point out of extra smooth works. The few notes that have been additional are normally bibliographical in personality, and refer, for example, to trendy treatises on common sense, algebra, the philosophy of arithmetic, and pangeometry. For the portrait and autograph signature of De Morgan, which graces the web page contrary the identify, The Open court docket Publishing corporation is indebted to the courtesy of vital David Eugene Smith, of the nation general college at Brockport, N. Y.
THOMAS J. MCCORMACK.
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