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"An introduction to the life and thought of Kurt Gèodel, who transformed our conception of math forever"--Provided by publisher.
|I||A Platonist among the positivists||53|
|II||Hilbert and the formalists||121|
|III||The proof of incompleteness||147|
Posted August 12, 2008
Most books on esoteric branches of math are either dry works just presenting an overview of the area in technical terms or are 'Gee Whiz!' so superficial they do little to show the true beauty of the topic. Rebecca Goldstein's book is a joyful exception. She does a wonderful job of providing insight into how and why Godel's work changed our understanding of some of the most fundamental concepts of mathematical reality. Her description of Godel's character and personality is very insightful. She is also a master of the English language - This book would be worth reading just for her precise but flowing descriptions, even if the subject matter weren't so fascinating.
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Posted December 25, 2008
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