Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel (Great Discoveries Series)

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel (Great Discoveries Series)

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by Rebecca Goldstein
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393327604

ISBN-13: 9780393327601

Pub. Date: 02/06/2006

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"A gem. . . . An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought." —Steven Pinker
Probing the life and work of Kurt Gödel, Incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured genius whose vision rocked the stability of mathematical reasoning— and brought him to the edge of madness.

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"A gem. . . . An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought." —Steven Pinker
Probing the life and work of Kurt Gödel, Incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured genius whose vision rocked the stability of mathematical reasoning— and brought him to the edge of madness.

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ISBN-13:
9780393327601
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/06/2006
Series:
Great Discoveries Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
613,572
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel (Great Discoveries Series) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Frango_Nabrasa More than 1 year ago
The author is a prestigious MacArthur "genius" Fellow and the book has been praised by other writers and by logicians including Martin Davis and Gregory Chaitin. Surprisingly, it is a tediously disappointing read. The vocabulary alone is enough to deter readers: arrant, fey, coruscated, frontisquotes, monologicism, asperity, epigone, limpid, metaconclusion, metaquestion, metaconviction, metalight, imbibition, bruiting, veridical, stintless, eschatological, fractious, ensconced, valetudinarian, and ichor. Stunningly inept images pervade the book. Here is one example. "Think of it this way, if you care to: Axioms are like the classic first-borns in families: adored simply for being. Theorems are the children that come after, those who have to prove themselves worthy to gain acceptance."
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