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Godel : A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics - John Casti


A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics

Paperback Published: 6th September 2001
ISBN: 9780738205182
Number Of Pages: 224

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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.

Prefacep. vii
Since Aristotlep. 1
Forever Incompletep. 13
The Undecidablep. 39
Young Godelp. 53
Life in Princetonp. 75
Mechanism and Mathematicsp. 95
Thinking Machines and the Logic of Incompletenessp. 119
Time and Time Againp. 149
The Complexity of Complexityp. 163
Window on the Soulp. 191
Referencesp. 197
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780738205182
ISBN-10: 0738205184
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 6th September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1