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

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

by Rebecca Goldstein
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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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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."