Godel: A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics

Godel: A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics

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Publisher's Synopsis

Kurt Gödel was an intellectual giant. His Incompleteness Theorem turned not only mathematics but also the whole world of science and philosophy on its head. Shattering hopes that logic would, in the end, allow us a complete understanding of the universe, Gödel's theorem also raised many provocative questions: What are the limits of rational thought? Can we ever fully understand the machines we build? Or the inner workings of our own minds? How should mathematicians proceed in the absence of complete certainty about their results? Equally legendary were Gödel's eccentricities, his close friendship with Albert Einstein, and his paranoid fear of germs that eventually led to his death from self-starvation. Now, in the first book for a general audience on this strange and brilliant thinker, John Casti and Werner DePauli bring the legend to life.

Book information

ISBN: 9780738205182
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Basic Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 511.3092
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 264g
Height: 155mm
Width: 205mm
Spine width: 15mm