Retaining all the key features of the previous editions, Introduction to Mathematical Logic, Fifth Edition explores the principal topics of mathematical logic. It covers propositional logic, first-order logic, first-order number theory, axiomatic set theory, and the theory of computability. The text also discusses the major results of Gödel, Church, Kleene, Rosser, and Turing.
New to the Fifth Edition
This long-established text continues to expose students to natural proofs and set-theoretic methods. Only requiring some experience in abstract mathematical thinking, it offers enough material for either a one- or two-semester course on mathematical logic.
The Propositional Calculus
Propositional Connectives. Truth Tables
Adequate Sets of Connectives
An Axiom System for the Propositional Calculus
Independence. Many-Valued Logics
First-Order Logic and Model Theory
First-Order Languages and Their Interpretations. Satisfiability and Truth. Models
Properties of First-Order Theories
Additional Metatheorems and Derived Rules
First-Order Theories with Equality
Definitions of New Function Letters and Individual Constants
Prenex Normal Forms
Isomorphism of Interpretations. Categoricity of Theories
Generalized First-Order Theories. Completeness and Decidability
Elementary Equivalence. Elementary Extensions
Ultrapowers: Nonstandard Analysis
Quantification Theory Allowing Empty Domains
Formal Number Theory
An Axiom System
Number-Theoretic Functions and Relations
Primitive Recursive and Recursive Functions
Arithmetization. Gödel Numbers
The Fixed-Point Theorem. Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem
Recursive Undecidability. Church’s Theorem
Axiomatic Set Theory
An Axiom System
Equinumerosity. Finite and Denumerable Sets
Hartogs’ Theorem. Initial Ordinals. Ordinal Arithmetic
The Axiom of Choice. The Axiom of Regularity
Other Axiomatizations of Set Theory
Algorithms. Turing Machines
Partial Recursive Functions. Unsolvable Problems
The Kleene–Mostowski Hierarchy. Recursively Enumerable Sets
Other Notions of Computability
Appendix A: Second-Order Logic
Appendix B: First Steps in Modal Propositional Logic
Answers to Selected Exercises
Elliott Mendelson is professor emeritus in the Department of Mathematics at Queens College.
Since it first appeared in 1964, Mendelson's book has been recognized as an excellent textbook in the field. It is one of the most frequently mentioned texts in references and recommended reading lists … This book rightfully belongs in the small, elite set of superb books that every computer science graduate, graduate student, scientist, and teacher should be familiar with.
—Computing Reviews, May 2010
"For the reviews of the previous editions see Zbl 192.01901, Zbl 498.03001, Zbl 681.03001 and Zbl 915.03002. The following are the significant changes in this edition: A new section (3.7) on the order type of a countable nonstandard model of arithmetic; a second appendix, Appendix B, on basic modal logic, in particular on the normal modal logics K, T, S4, and S5 and the relevant Kripke semantics for each; an expanded bibliography and additions to both the exercises and to the Answers to Selected Exercises, including corrections to the previous version of the latter."
—J. M. Plotkin, Zentralblatt MATH 1173
"Since its first edition, this fine book has been a text of choice for a beginner’s course on mathematical logic. … There are many fine books on mathematical logic, but Mendelson’s textbook remains a sure choice for a first course for its clear explanations and organization: definitions, examples and results fit together in a harmonic way, making the book a pleasure to read. The book is especially suitable for self-study, with a wealth of exercises to test the reader’s understanding."
—MAA Reviews, December 2009
Praise for the Fourth Edition
"In my work as a math teacher, researcher, author, and journal editor, I often encounter problems with a logical component. When that need arises, my first choice of reference is always this book. It is the most concise and readable introductory text I have ever encountered and it is a rare occasion when I fail to find the background material needed to solve the problem. It is also an excellent source of problems and I have pulled the ideas for many test questions from it over the years."