BOOLE, George (1815-1864). “On the Theory of Probabilities, and in Particular on Mitchell’s Problem of the Distribution of the Fixed Stars.” In: The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine, Vol. 1, Series 4, No. 7 (Supplement), pp. 521-30. London: Richard Taylor, 1851.
8vo. (Some marginal foxing and darkening, small marginal tear on first leaf.) Original printed wrappers, uncut and unopened (minor wear with chipping to spine ends, a few small marginal chips to covers, some soiling); cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION of this paper on probabilistic logic, in which Boole applies his theory of probabilities to the specific problem of the distribution of fixed stars. “This [paper] seems to have been the first mention, by any author, of the close connection, both in essence and in form, between logic and probability and indeed of the dependence of the theory of probability on an underlying mathematical theory of logic” (MacHale, George Boole).