Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic / Edition 1

Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic / Edition 1

by Anita Burdman Feferman, Solomon Feferman
     
 

ISBN-10: 052171401X

ISBN-13: 9780521714013

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Alfred Tarski, one of the greatest logicians of all time, is widely thought of as "the man who defined truth." His work on the concepts of truth and logical consequence are cornerstones of modern logic, influencing developments in mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science. Tarski was a charismatic teacher and zealous promoter of his view of logic

Overview

Alfred Tarski, one of the greatest logicians of all time, is widely thought of as "the man who defined truth." His work on the concepts of truth and logical consequence are cornerstones of modern logic, influencing developments in mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science. Tarski was a charismatic teacher and zealous promoter of his view of logic as the foundation of all rational thought, a bon vivant and a womanizer, who played the "great man" to the hilt.

Born in Warsaw in 1901 to Jewish parents, he changed his name and converted to Catholicism but was never able to obtain a professorship in his home country. A fortuitous trip to the United States at the outbreak of World War II saved his life and turned his career around, even while it separated him from his family for years. By the war's end he was established as a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. There Tarski built an empire in logic and methodology that attracted students and distinguished researchers from all over the world.

From the cafes of Warsaw and Vienna to the mountains and deserts of California, this first full-length biography places Tarski in the social, intellectual, and historical context of his times and presents a frank, vivid picture of a personally and professionally passionate man - interlaced with an account of his major scientific achievements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521714013
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,062,701
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

The Two Tarskis     1
Independence and University     20
The Banach-Tarski Paradox, Set Theory, and the Axiom of Choice     43
Polot! The Polish Attribute     53
The Completeness and Decidability of Algebra and Geometry     69
A Wider Sphere of Influence     76
Truth and Definability     109
How the "Unity of Science" Saved Tarski's Life     124
Berkeley Is So Far from Princeton     150
Building a School     171
The Publication Campaigns     189
"Papa Tarski" and His Students     196
Three Meetings and Two Departures     220
Logic and Methodology, Center Stage     246
Heydays     257
Model Theory and the 1963 Symposium     277
Around the World     288
Los Angeles and Berkeley     310
Algebras of Logic     334
A Decade of Honors     343
The Last Times     372
Authors' Note and Acknowledgments     381
Tarski's Ph.D. Students     385
Credits     387
Polish Pronunciation Guide     391
Notes     393
Bibliography     409
Index of Names     417

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