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