# Mathematician:Willard Van Orman Quine

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## Mathematician

Legendary American philosopher and logician, known by his friends as **Van**.

Proposed three systems of axiomatic set theory.

The word **quine** was coined by Douglas R. Hofstadter in his classic 1979 work *Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid*, in which what is now known as Quine's Paradox was discussed at length.

The word **quine** is now used for a computer program whose output is itself.

## Nationality

American

## History

- Born: 25 June 1908, Akron, Ohio, USA
- Died: 25 Dec 2000, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

## Theorems and Definitions

Definitions of concepts named for **Willard Van Orman Quine** can be found here.

## Publications

- 1934:
*A System of Logistic* - 1937:
*New Foundations for Mathematical Logic*

- 1940:
*Mathematical Logic*

- 1941:
*Elementary Logic* - 1948:
*On What There Is* - 1950:
*Methods of Logic* - 1951:
*Two Dogmas of Empiricism* - 1953:
*From a Logical Point of View*(collection) - 1960:
*Word and Object* - 1963:
*Set Theory and Its Logic* - 1966:
*Selected Logic Papers* - 1966:
*The Ways of Paradox* - 1969:
*Ontological Relativity and Other Essays* - 1970:
*The Web of Belief*(with J.S. Ullian) - 1970:
*The Philosophy of Logic* - 1971:
*The Roots of Reference* - 1985:
*The Time of My Life: An Autobiography* - 1987:
*Quiddities: An Intermittently Philosophical Dictionary* - 1990:
*Pursuit of Truth* - 1995:
*From Stimulus to Science*

## Notable Quotes

*Philosophy of science is philosophy enough.*

*Any statement can be held true come what may, if we make drastic enough adjustments elsewhere in the system [of our beliefs]. The totality of our so-called knowledge or beliefs, from the most casual matters of geography and history to the profoundest laws of atomic physics or even of pure mathematics and logic, is a man-made fabric which impinges on experience only along the edges.*

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Willard Van Orman Quine": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Quine, Willard Van Orman**(1908-$\ $) - 2008: David Nelson:
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