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

"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  - Eoin - LibraryThing

A good, not great, focused biography on one of the more misunderstood mathematician/logicians of the 20th cent. Inefficient exposition drags down an otherwise effective book. Worth it for a generally readable explanation of the theorems and the (lonesome) end. Read full review

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“It is really not so surprising that Wittgenstein would dismiss Gödel’s result with a belittling description like ‘logische Kunstücke,’ logical conjuring tricks, patently devoid of the large ... 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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About the author (2006)

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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