The husband of the translator was Professor George Boole, an eminent mathematician, and particularly remembered for his original contributions to the field of symbolic logic as studied by algebraic methods. But the present brochure is as innocent of any account of Boole's work as it is of mathematics or psychology. There is a liberal sprinkling of mathematical terms distorted into unusual uses, but no appreciation of the essential principles of mathematical procedure.
The task of stating what the book is not is comparatively simple; to indicate what it really contains is very difficult, for this raises the question on the part of the reader as to whether he really knows or understands what the book does contain. There is, however, a considerable use of the argument by analogy, and the analogies are very flimsy. Because some figures used in the process of multiplication disappear in the conclusion, we have the law of sacrifice; the geometric diagonal indicates the principle of compromise: mathematical thought is inspiration, and habit is the multiplication table.
Then we have disquisitions on vivisection and theology, on genius and insanity, on education and Newton, on morals and religion. These are all disconnectedly strung together, and leave one with an uncanny sense of puzzlement and incoherence. It is possible that the author had some ideas to express, but they are not very apparent, and may just as well come under any other rubric as under that of Mathematical Psychology.
-The Dial, Volume 24