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Amount of Set Theory Required to Study Logic

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    Amount of Set Theory "Required" to Study Logic

    I have been self-studying set theory to try and get into logic. The book I bought is published by Dover (I love how cheap their books are) entitled Set Theory and Logic by Robert Stoll. I have gone over the basic set theory section involving union, intersection, inclusion...basically the algebra of sets...and into ordered sets and types of relations. The thing is now the book is going into what makes a number system, which I already have a basic understanding of, however the book goes into it MUCH deeper (perhaps more for the mathematician reading the book than an engineer). Any who, I flipped through to the beginning of the logic section and saw that it mainly seems to rely on the basic set theory which I already know. This may be due to my lack of knowledge on logic, but would the general population consider an understanding of basic set theory enough to dive into learning logic?
    Thank you (Hopefully, I placed this in the right forum)
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  3. Mar 11, 2013 #2
    If set theory doesn't interest you very much, then I suggest diving into logic immediately. It might happen that they start to talk about something that you haven't learned yet, but then you can always go back in the book and study it.

    If you want to know exactly how much set theory you need for logic, then you will need to tell us the topics that your logic book covers. Some logic books require quite a lot of set theory (but those books are usually not introductory).
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