The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘On Dyadics: the Simplest Possible Mathematics’


Mathematics will here be understood to be the science which sets up hypotheses with a view to doing what it proceeds to do, namely, to deduce their consequences, and to study the methods of doing so. Pure Mathematics will be understood to be a kind of mathematics which, as far as possible, eliminates from its hypotheses all that does not concern the forms of deduction of consequences from them.

1903 [c.]
MS [R] 3:1
‘Pure Mathematics’ (pub. 29.08.14-09:07). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 28, 2014, 13:57 by Mats Bergman
Aug 29, 2014, 09:07