Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 17, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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"A gem…An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought." —Steven Pinker

Probing the life and work of Kurt Gödel, Incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured genius whose vision rocked the stability of mathematical reasoning—and brought him to the edge of madness.

 

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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

A quick and reasonable explanation about Gödel's monumental proof. The life and personality of Kurt Gödel is not really fleshed out. The Princeton aspect of the book has cut off much of the Viennese ... Read full review

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User Review  - KR2 - LibraryThing

The mind of a mathematician must be a horrible place to be. It must also be a difficult thing to dissect, but Rebecca Goldstein did so fabulously. As is my preference for reading, I picked this book ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
13
A Platonist among the Positivists
53
Hilbert and the Formalists
121
The Proof of Incompleteness
147
Godels Incompleteness
207
Notes
263
Acknowledgments
279
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Rebecca Goldstein is a MacArthur Fellow, a professor of philosophy, and the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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