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Big Red Logic Books, again

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So I now at last have a full draft of the new book-style version of Gödel Without (Too Many) Tears. But I’m going to take my own advice and put this aside for a week or more, before returning with fresh eyes for a last end-to-end read through (and I will need to add some references, some brief suggestions for further reading, and a rough-and-ready index). I may run a final version past a few people for quick comments on some of the newer bits. But hopefully there will soon be another Big Red Logic Book. Big at least in the sense of being large format: but I’ve managed to keep it, as planned, to about a third the length of IGT2. I’m both embarrassed and pleased to say I learnt two or three things in the re-writing too! How are the other BRLBs faring? I made IGT2 freely available as a PDF nine weeks ago. As I explained before, there was a quite crazy flood of downloads in the first two or three days — about sixty-four thousand — due to a direct link being posted for a couple of days on the front page of Hacker News (which shows, at any rate, the continuing real interest out there in an introduction to Gödel’s theorems even if not in An Introduction to Gödel’s Theorems). After that initial flurry, the rate of downloads has settled down to something much more sensible – amounting to another three thousand or so. Still a surprisingly high number, as there have been readily-accessible unofficial free PDFs floating around the internet for years. There has also been a small uptake for the (more-or-less at cost) Amazon print-on-demand version, more than enough to make it worth having arranged that possibility. I have of course been dipping into a few bits of IGT2 as I revised GWT and inevitably found some passages that I thought could certainly be improved. Still, I don’t think I’ll be rushing to write an IGT3 just yet. Then I posted the free version of IFL2 a couple of weeks after IGT2, and this has been downloaded over two and a half thousand times. The. . .

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News source: Logic Matters

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