1913: Principia Mathematica
Author/Editor: Alfred North Whitehead & Bertrand Russell
This book, by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell, is one of the most important works in logic ever written. It attempted to show that all mathematics derives from logic.
The 3 volume masterwork used a notation that became hugely popular and led to the increased popularization of the field of mathematical logic and stimulated new investigations of connections between logic, metaphysics, and epistemology.
To find out more, check out the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy or the Principia Mathematic itself, either online or in our collection. Or, for an unconventional take on Russell’s work and life, try Logicomix.