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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 underKurt 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....

Title : Godel: A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics
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ISBN : 9780738205182
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Godel: A Life Of Logic, The Mind, And Mathematics Reviews

  • Steven Williams
    2019-01-05 13:30

    The book was okay. I've read about most of the stuff in the book before. One cute thing about the book was the analogy of a Chocolate Cake Machine (CCM) and Godel's incompleteness theorem. Douglas Hofstadter does a much better job in Godel, Escher, Bach presenting Godel's theorem. What would you expect from a Pulitzer Prize book. I have read other books by John Casti, and they were better by far. I guess for someone unfamilar with the topic it would be a good starting place. The presentation is pretty understandable. But, for someone already familiar with Godel and his works it's not much worth it.

  • Ami Iida
    2019-01-13 13:31

    it is written about "Gödel's incompleteness theorems" and all his life.Then Gödel solved Einstein General relativity and he found Godel's lead time travel and it is explained for "time travel".

  • Aaro Salosensaari
    2018-12-18 14:33

    Kelvollinen lyhyt elämänkerta Gödelistä ja hänen matematiikastaan (sekä Gödelin tuloksista itsestään että sen sovelluksista).Matematiikkona olen hieman kahden vaiheilla miten arvioisin teosta. Populaariteoksena ehkä ei toimi: matemaattiset asiat käsitellään tekohauskalla tavalla ("suklaakakkukone"-metafora) joka ei ehkä kuitenkaan välttämättä valaise tarpeeksi ja luultavasti on kuivempi kuin kirjoittajilla ollut tarkoitus. Toisaalta varsinainen eksakti esitys on hieman puolittainen.Vahvin puoli on että tarkastellaan sekä Gödelin elämää että matemaattista työtä ja sen merkitystä.

  • José Augusto
    2019-01-05 10:22

    It is more than a simple biography. The book introduces Godel's life in both contexts mathematical and philosophical, and It explains the Godel's theorems in a ludic way. Despite its clarity, potential readers will need some background in mathematics, logic, computers, and philosophy.

  • Yannis Charalabidis
    2019-01-11 09:18

    I could give it less than 4 stars, if it was on another subject. But the theorem of being incompleteness always fascinated me.Not for the expert, the book reads easily and lights both the life and the works of G.Nice last section in AI and related issues.

  • Barak
    2018-12-30 13:22

    2.5 stars.I had several issues with this book.First of all, the book was suggested to me by someone claiming Gödel was the great genius of all times, and the authors also claim that he was the greatest logician ever.Now, I am not trying to say he was not extremely smart, or even a genius, whatever this description denotes exactly. He did after all arrive at an important breakthrough/milestone in mathematics at the age of 25, and his later work on relativity theory is also quite imaginative and interesting. However, these discoveries, important as they may be, still do not convince me that he was not just a very smart mathematician like many others were in human history. Let alone the many geniuses in completely separate areas, that were much more prolific than him (Kant, Peirce, Shakespeare etc)In fact, most of the book is not really about Gödel, but rather about indirect results of his work and parallel sentences to his incompleteness theorem in other fields; which really goes to show I think that one way or another, sooner or later, this would have been discovered by someone. The claim that all those that discovered it would have had to rely on Gödel's work, or that basically all discoveries in computer science and adjacent areas are just consequences of his work is equivalent to my mind to the equally ridiculous claim that the guy who invented the wheel should be credited for the invention of cars.Lastly, I had the nagging feeling that many of the explanations about his theory and the mathematics/logic are inaccurate. Since I am not a mathematician I would have to leave it at this level, but I did detect inaccuracies in areas relating to philosophy, AI and chess for example. On top of that, I found the "cake" and other such "helpful" analogies to be silly and confusing at best, whereas on the flip side of it, the explanations that stuck to the mathematical level to be very brief and hence abstruse.

  • Peter
    2018-12-18 10:19

    A fun to read biography of Godel. The authors present the general outline a very difficult proof in logic, breaking it down and illuminating the basic insights of the theorem. I cannot remember the proof very well myself (it has been nearly 30 years since I went through it) but the book seems to do a pretty good job. Godel's proof is really quite difficult to follow. They link some of the ideas on which Godel was working with some of what was going on in Vienna in the beginning of the century, particularly with the Vienna Circle. The book also tries to say something about how this important theorem was received. There are some interesting discussions of complexity and the relationship between Turning Machines, the halting problem and the incompleteness theorem. The book runs very quickly over some very difficult material and does so without doing too much damage. I could do without some of the extended metaphors, but who knows? Maybe someone else would find them helpful. I found them distracting.

  • Jesse
    2018-12-30 13:26

    This is a decent introduction to Godel that moves a bit too quickly, and covers too many loosely connected topics for its slim length. I only understood the portion discussing early twentieth century philosophy because I had a background in the area, and the portion on advanced physics was largely greek to me. The language was concise and clear, but the development of the book was a bit too scattered, and certain sections needed further explanation.

  • Vegnesh
    2019-01-10 12:44

    This is the first biography that I read in a long time. I don't know if its because of this, but this book is not extremely well written. There are sections where the writing is incredibly awesome and there are sections I could not understand clearly. But a concise book to gain an insight into the life of Godel.

  • Kerem
    2019-01-10 14:31

    A good summary of life and works of Kurt Gödel.

  • Jesus Cruz
    2018-12-20 14:33

    a real good book, I had no expectation at all, but I finally found it quite good, clear and interesting.

  • Tom
    2019-01-12 13:42

    Some interesting material, but the book is short, somewhat disorganized, and there's relatively little biographical profile (save early life) of Godel.

  • Saurabh Shrivastava
    2018-12-29 13:44

    A little complex to read. But opens new areas of reading

  • 'Izzat Radzi
    2019-01-14 07:25

    Great brief stoy on Godel works.Obviousy need further and advanced readingson his works

  • Waffles
    2018-12-25 14:34

    This book filled me scadenallemeinverbrechen. I hate the universal chocolate cake machine. I don't want Sachertorte, I want Sachertod!