Godel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Godel Universe

Godel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Godel Universe

by Palle Yourgrau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812694082

ISBN-13: 9780812694086

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company

What happens when the country's greatest logician meets the century's greatest physicist? In the case of Kurt Godel and Albert Einstein the result in Godel's revolutioinary new model of the cosmos. In the 'Godel Universe' the philosophical fantasy of time travel becomes a scientific reality. For Godel,however, the reality of time travel signals the unreality of time.

Overview

What happens when the country's greatest logician meets the century's greatest physicist? In the case of Kurt Godel and Albert Einstein the result in Godel's revolutioinary new model of the cosmos. In the 'Godel Universe' the philosophical fantasy of time travel becomes a scientific reality. For Godel,however, the reality of time travel signals the unreality of time. If Godel is right, the real meaning of the Einstein revolution had remained, for half a century, a secret. Now, half-century after Godel met Einstein, the real meaning of time travel in the Godel universe can be revealed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812694086
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
NEW & EXPANDED
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Preface to the New Expanded Edition (1999)
Preface to the First Edition (1991)
CHAPTER 1
The Reception of Gödel's Results
CHAPTER 2
Gödel's Idealism
CHAPTER 3
Time Travel in the Gödel Universe
CHAPTER 4
Not Everything Can be Relativized
CHAPTER 5
From Kant to Star Trek: A Philosopher's Guide to Time Travel
CHAPTER 6
Formalization and Representation
CHAPTER 7
Being and Time

APPENDIX A
Brouwer and the `Revolution': The Philosophical Background of `Temporal
Mathematics'
APPENDIX B
Zeno's Revenge: On the Mathematical Dogma of Infinite Divisibility
Bibliography
Index

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