Godel: A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics

Godel: A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics

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Godel: A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics by John L. Casti, Werner DePauli, J. L. Casti

Kurt Gödel was an intellectual giant. His Incompleteness Theorem turned not only mathematics but also the whole world of science and philosophy on its head. Shattering hopes that logic would, in the end, allow us a complete understanding of the universe, Gödel's theorem also raised many provocative questions: What are the limits of rational thought? Can we ever fully understand the machines we build? Or the inner workings of our own minds? How should mathematicians proceed in the absence of complete certainty about their results? Equally legendary were Gödel's eccentricities, his close friendship with Albert Einstein, and his paranoid fear of germs that eventually led to his death from self-starvation. Now, in the first book for a general audience on this strange and brilliant thinker, John Casti and Werner DePauli bring the legend to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738205182
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,122,602
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John L. Casti, a member of the faculty of both the Santa Fe Institute and the Technical Unviersity of Vienna, has written numerous acclaimed popular scinece books, including Would-be Worlds, Five Golden Rules, and The Cambridge Quintet. Werner DePauli is University Assistant and Oberrat at the Institute of Statistics and Computer Science of the University of Vienna. He is the author of several books in German about Godel.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Since Aristotle1
2Forever Incomplete13
3The Undecidable39
4Young Godel53
5Life in Princeton75
6Mechanism and Mathematics95
7Thinking Machines and the Logic of Incompleteness119
8Time and Time Again149
9The Complexity of Complexity163
10Window on the Soul191
References197
Index201

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