The Principles of Science: a Treatise on Logic and Scientific Method…

London: Macmillan, 8174. The first edition of Jevons’ ‘most important contribution to scientific methodology’, being a collection of his thoughts on logic and induction in which he opposes Baconian empirical procedure in favour of the Newtonian approach. Engraved illustration of the logical machine preceding the title-page of Volume I. Binding extremities a bit worn, back hinge of Volume I just starting. A little toning, and minor foxing. Overall a very good, bright set, uncut and largely unopened. Publisher's terra cotta cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Two volumes, octavo. xvi, 463, [1]; vii, [1], 480 pp. Item #16398

The wide range not only of Jevons’ interests but of his important contributions to knowledge is as remarkable as his path-breaking, fundamental originality of thought. He wrote almost as much on logic and scientific method as on political economy, in both fields publishing valuable, widely read textbooks as well as major original works. The Principles of Science (1874) has been recognized as a pioneer work, in important respects well ahead of its time. Especially notable was his development of the fundamentals of formal logic on the lines of George Boole, and his construction of a machine, still extant … for the mechanical solution of deductive problems – an anticipation of modern computing machines … Jevons also developed the hypothetico-deductive approach, expounded more recently by Karl Popper, in that he rejected the Baconian conception of scientific enquiry as starting from the accumulation of facts, and stressed the role of conjectures and hypotheses. “Inductive investigation” he wrote, “consists in the union of hypothesis and experiment”’ (IESS).

Church 24:4; IESS (1874); not in Risse.

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