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Logic (from "Classical Greek λόγος "logos; meaning 'speech/word') is the study of the principles and criteria of valid "inference and "demonstration. The term "logos" was also believed by the Greeks to be the universal power by which all reality was sustained and made coherent and consistent.
As a "formal science, logic investigates and classifies the structure of statements and arguments, both through the study of "formal systems of "inference and through the study of arguments in natural language. The field of logic ranges from core topics such as the study of "fallacies and "paradoxes, to specialized analysis of reasoning using "probability and to arguments involving "causality. Logic is also commonly used today in "argumentation theory. ^{[1]}
Traditionally, logic is studied as a branch of "philosophy, one part of the classical "trivium, which consisted of "grammar, logic, and "rhetoric. Since the midnineteenth century formal logic has been studied in the context of the "foundations of mathematics. In 1910 "Bertrand Russell and "Alfred North Whitehead attempted to establish logic as the cornerstone of mathematics formally with the publication of "Principia Mathematica. However, the system of Principia is no longer much used, having been largely supplanted by "set theory. The development of formal logic and its implementation in computing machinery is the foundation of "computer science.
A prolific "writer, he was also a populariser of "philosophy and a commentator on a large variety of topics, ranging from very serious issues to those much less so. Continuing a family tradition in "political affairs, he was a prominent "antiwar "activist, championing free trade between nations and antiimperialism.