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Collected Works: Volume 2 : Publications 1938-1974 - Kurt Gödel

Collected Works: Volume 2

Publications 1938-1974

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1989
ISBN: 9780195039726
Number Of Pages: 432

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Kurt Godel (1906 - 1978) was the most outstanding logician of the twentieth century, famous for his hallmark works on the completeness of logic, the incompleteness of number theory, and the consistency of the axiom of choice and the continuum hypothesis. He is also noted for his work on constructivity, the decision problem, and the foundations of computability theory, as well as for the strong individuality of his writings on the philosophy of mathematics. He is less well known for his discovery of unusual cosmological models for Einstein's equations, in theory permitting time travel into the past. The Collected Works is a landmark resource that draws together a lifetime of creative thought and accomplishment. The first two volumes were devoted to Godel's publications in full (both in original and translation), and the third volume featured a wide selection of unpublished articles and lecture texts found in Godel's Nachlass. These long-awaited final two volumes contain Godel's correspondence of logical, philosophical, and scientific interest. Volume IV covers A to G, with H to Z in volume V; in addition, Volume V contains a full inventory of Godel's Nachlass. L All volumes include introductory notes that provide extensive explanatory and historical commentary on each body of work, English translations of material originally written in German (some transcribed from the Gabelsberger shorthand), and a complete bibliography of all works cited. Kurt Godel: Collected Works is designed to be useful and accessible to as wide an audience as possible without sacrificing scientific or historical accuracy. The only comprehensive edition of Godel's work available, it will be an essential part of the working library of professionals and students in logic, mathematics, philosophy, history of science, and computer science and all others who wish to be acquainted with one of the great minds of the twentieth century.

"I was initially inspired for this review when I happened to pick up Volume 2 of Kurt Godel's Collected Works: anyone with a serious interest in the intellectual history of the 20th century should do the same. Godel's famous proof of the incompleteness of arithmetic is arguably the most famous theorem of our century . . . . These volumes are intended for the mainstream and they succeed admirably; Solomon Feferman and his distinguished board of editors have produced a collected works that is a model for all such endeavors. The collection is beautifully designed; I congratulate Oxford University Press on the high quality with which every detail is executed. Papers originally written in German are translated on facing pages, and it really is "complete" . . . . The introductory material is profuse and worth the price on its own . . . . Godel was a meticulous writer, and with some excellent editorial handling, the proof is a pleasure to read." --A.I. Expert "The volumes are meticulously edited and are a pleasure to consult. Original page numbers are clearly shown; papers written in German are printed with facing translations; there is a comprehensive bibliography ...and there are good indexes; and there are some revealing photographs." --Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society "The publication of this book is a significant scientific event ....a splendid text ....excellent English translation. The introductory notes add much to the reader's understanding of the primary material, and the list of editors and contributors reads like a Who's Who of modern Logic." --Theory of Computation "A comprehensive edition of the 20th-century logician's work, in facing pages of German and English. Volume two covers published writings in the period 1938-1974, including newly typeset versions of papers on his continuum hypothesis, Russell's mathematical logic, Cantor's continuum problem, the relationship between relativity and idealistic philosophy, and rotating universes in general relativity theory. Each selection or group of selections is introduced, and extensive notes and references are included."--SciTech Book News "I was initially inspired for this review when I happened to pick up Volume 2 of Kurt Godel's Collected Works: anyone with a serious interest in the intellectual history of the 20th century should do the same. Godel's famous proof of the incompleteness of arithmetic is arguably the most famous theorem of our century . . . . These volumes are intended for the mainstream and they succeed admirably; Solomon Feferman and his distinguished board of editors have produced a collected works that is a model for all such endeavors. The collection is beautifully designed; I congratulate Oxford University Press on the high quality with which every detail is executed. Papers originally written in German are translated on facing pages, and it really is "complete" . . . . The introductory material is profuse and worth the price on its own . . . . Godel was a meticulous writer, and with some excellent editorial handling, the proof is a pleasure to read." --A.I. Expert "The volumes are meticulously edited and are a pleasure to consult. Original page numbers are clearly shown; papers written in German are printed with facing translations; there is a comprehensive bibliography ...and there are good indexes; and there are some revealing photographs." --Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society "The publication of this book is a significant scientific event ....a splendid text ....excellent English translation. The introductory notes add much to the reader's understanding of the primary material, and the list of editors and contributors reads like a Who's Who of modern Logic." --Theory of Computation "A comprehensive edition of the 20th-century logician's work, in facing pages of German and English. Volume two covers published writings in the period 1938-1974, including newly typeset versions of papers on his continuum hypothesis, Russell's mathematical logic, Cantor's continuum problem, the relationship between relativity and idealistic philosophy, and rotating universes in general relativity theory. Each selection or group of selections is introduced, and extensive notes and references are included."--SciTech Book News

1: Robert M. Solovay: Introductory Note to 1938, 1939 and 1940 2: The Consistency of the Axiom of Choice and of the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis 3: Consistency Proof for the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis 4: The Consistency of the Axiom of Choice and of the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis with the Axioms of Set Theory 5: Charles Parsons: Introductory Note to 1946 6: Remarks Before the Princeton Bicentennial Conference on Problems in Mathematics 7: Gregory H. Moore: Introductory Note to 1947 and 1964 8: What is Cantor's Continuum Problem? 9: S.W. Hawking: Introductory Note to 1949 and 1952 10: An Example of a New Type of Cosmological Solutions of Einstein's Field Equations of Gravitation 11: A Remark About the Relationship Between Relativity Theory and Idealistic Philosophy 12: Rotating Universes in General Relativity Theory 13: A.S. Troelstra: Introductory Note to 1958 and 1972 14: On a Hiterto Unutilized Extension of the Finitary Standpoint 16: What is Cantor's Continuum problem? 17: On an Extension of Finitary Mathematics Which has not Yet Been Used 18: Some Remarks on the Undecidability Results 19: Jens E. Fenstad: Introductory Note to 1974 20: Remark on Non-Standard Analysis

ISBN: 9780195039726
ISBN-10: 0195039726
Series: GODEL, KURT//COLLECTED WORKS : Book 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 30th November 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.33 x 16.23  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.77