Journal of Symbolic Logic

Who were the American Postulate Theorists?

Michael Scanlan

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Abstract

Articles by two American mathematicians, E. V. Huntington and Oswald Veblen, are discussed as examples of a movement in foundational research in the period 1900-1930 called American postulate theory. This movement also included E. H. Moore, R. L. Moore, C. H. Langford, H. M. Sheffer, C. J. Keyser, and others. The articles discussed exemplify American postulate theorists' standards for axiomatizations of mathematical theories, and their investigations of such axiomatizations with respect to metatheoretic properties such as independence, completeness, and consistency.

Article information

Source
J. Symbolic Logic, Volume 56, Issue 3 (1991), 981-1002.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 6 July 2007

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https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jsl/1183743745

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2178/jsl/1183743745

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1129161

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0739.01024

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Citation

Scanlan, Michael. Who were the American Postulate Theorists?. J. Symbolic Logic 56 (1991), no. 3, 981--1002. doi:10.2178/jsl/1183743745. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jsl/1183743745


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