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 masterly introduction to the life and thought of the man who transformed our conception of math forever. Kurt Gödel is considered the greatest logician since Aristotle. His monumental theorem of incompleteness demonstrated that in every formal system of arithmetic there are true statements that nevertheless cannot be proved. The result was an upheaval that spread far beyond mathematics, challenging conceptions of the nature of the mind.
 

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

This book is an intellectual biography of one of the greatest mathematicians and logicians of the 20th century. Gödel single-handedly derailed the Hilbert-Russell program of putting mathematical proof ... Read full review

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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

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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