Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing Company, 1953. First printing. Hardcover. 479 pp. Fraenkel was a mathematician perhaps best-known as the F in ZF or Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory, an axiomatization of set theory intended to avoid paradoxes (one of the most famous being Russell's paradox). Fraenkel's most famous result was to prove the independence of the axiom of choice from ZF (i.e. he showed that the axiom of choice cannot be proven (or its negation proven) from ZF). Together with the axiom of choice, the system ZFC is a suitable foundation for mathematics and has been the subject of extensive study in foundational research over the past century. This book is intended for students in mathematics and philosophy and is intended to introduce such students to axiomatic set theory. A presentable copy of this uncommon book by one of the seminal figures in the foundations of mathematics. Very Good / Good. Item #00007905
A Very Good book with a bit of wear to the boards and a previous owner's name written on the front pastedown in a Good-only dust jacket with a chip to the top of the spine panel (most of the author's name is gone but the title is still present), along with edge wear, fading, and a few areas of minor discoloration.