Gödel's Proof

Gödel's Proof

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"In 1931 Kurt Godel disrupted some of the fundamental assumptions underlying mathematics and logic with the publication of his revolutionary paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." Ironically, few mathematicians of the time were able to understand the young scholar's complex proof, and the full importance of this work was largely overlooked for many years. Godel was at last recognized by his peers and presented with the first Albert Einstein Award in 1951 for achievement in the natural sciences - the highest honor of its kind in the United States. The award committee, which included Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, described his work as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."" "In Godel's Proof, Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and non-technical explanation for both scholars and non-specialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Godel's discovery. First published in 1958 and in print continuously in ten languages, this highly popular, seminal work offers every educated person with an interest in mathematics, logic, and philosophy the opportunity to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2001
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780814758373
0814758371
9780814758168
0814758169
Branch Call Number: 511.3 N131g 2001
Characteristics: xxiii, 129 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Jan 20, 2016

Gödel's incompleteness theorems proved the it is impossible for formal logic to be complete and free of contradictions. While it is a very dense little book, I learned a lot from it. It walks through his proof fairly clearly— definitely clearer than the proof given in Gödel, Escher, Bach— and I learned a lot from it.

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