The Wit and Humour of Principia Mathematica

Except for belatedly proving that “1 + 1 = 2”, Principia Mathematica doesn’t feature in studies of mathematical humour. Yet there is humour in that work, despite the inauspicious conditions under which it was written. Russell, to take one of the authors, had an irrepressible talent for enlivening any subject matter. This paper reports the results of exploring even the “obscure corners” of PM to uncover its humour and wit
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