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Godel's Proof
     

Godel's Proof

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by Ernest Nagel, James R. Newman, Douglas R. Hofstadter
 

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In 1931 Kurt Gödel published his fundamental paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." This revolutionary paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. Gödel received public recognition of his work in 1951 when he was awarded the first Albert

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In 1931 Kurt Gödel published his fundamental paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." This revolutionary paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. Gödel received public recognition of his work in 1951 when he was awarded the first Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences—perhaps the highest award of its kind in the United States. The award committee described his work in mathematical logic as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."

However, few mathematicians of the time were equipped to understand the young scholar's complex proof. Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and accessible explanation to both scholars and non-specialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Gödel's discovery. It offers every educated person with a taste for logic and philosophy the chance to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the original publication of Gödel's Proof, New York University Press is proud to publish this special anniversary edition of one of its bestselling and most frequently translated books. With a new introduction by Douglas R. Hofstadter, this book will appeal students, scholars, and professionals in the fields of mathematics, computer science, logic and philosophy, and science.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A little masterpiece of exegesis."

- Nature

"An excellent nontechnical account of the substance of Gödel's celebrated paper."

-American Mathematical Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814758014
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Series:
Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
506,157
File size:
3 MB

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From the Publisher

"A little masterpiece of exegesis."

-Nature,

"An excellent non-technical account of the substance of Gödel's celebrated paper."

-Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

Meet the Author

Ernest Nagel was John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.


James R. Newman was the author of What is Science.


Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

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Godel's Proof 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply excellent. You will understand this "piece of jewell" (which is not a minor stuff concerning this theorem..)!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago