Paradox of Kurt Gödel. Reviewed by Juliette Kennedy. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt. Gödel. Rebecca Goldstein. W. W. Norton & Company. fefe 1. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel by Rebecca Goldstein. Weidenfeld, pp. Like Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Gödel’s. Irving H. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel by R. Goldstein . Rev. Mod. Log. 11 (), no. ,

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I can figure out everything for myself. Rather, it is rationality run amuck, the inventive search for explanations turned relentless.

As someone who has tasted at least a few sips of the post-modernist kool-aid I found thi Goldstein, a novelist as well as a philosopher, writes engagingly. Gorel 15, Jafar rated it really liked it. In the meantime, I recommend the book highly and I am deeply impressed with Goldstein.

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel

And, they say preciously little on the human mind, if anything. Physics for example will always exhibit paradoxes like those of quantum theory. Paperbackpages. What a fascinating and under appreciated man. In the end, what does Goldstein’s book tell us about Goedel that we didn’t know before? An interesting read nonetheless, especially for those wondering how philosophy influenced “the greatest logician since Aristotle”, and vice versa.

No trivia or quizzes yet. They are both quite good books and, as written by academic philosophers, generally mitigate my general negative opinion of academic philosophy. This is a tough balancing act for any popular take Well written and a good picture of Godel, his work, philosophy and the times he lived in.


Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel by Rebecca Goldstein

Goldstein not only lays out Godel’s famous theorems in relatively understandable terms for the layman an accomplishment in itself, but provides an original, funny, and lucid account of the intellectual atmosphere in which these theorems arose. The book spends surprising amount of time on Wittgenstein but he seems tangential at best to the story. The final quarter of the book is a semi-personal essay detailing Goldstein’s first experiences with Godel’s work, and the time she met him at a cocktail party also among the attendees of which was Joseph Stalin’s daughter, btw.

She could have been saying that it can be stated without using numbers rather than the actual proof used no numbers. I don’t know how to rate this book because i’m so incapable of rating Goldstein’s ability to convey the mathematical ideas.

I found the explanation of “Goedel’s proof” of the incompleteness of mathematics actually two proofs, as it turns out to be quite accessible. He also believed that his refrigerator emitted poisonous gases.

Goldstein spends far too much time on his philosophical views to the point of feeling quite redundant to me and how they contrasted with other leading thinkers of the time. Unfortunately, it was not the proof that I wanted to learn about, the parados of mathematics, but the completeness and consistency of what the author calls “limpid logic,” a nice turn of phrase.

May 21, Lynn rated it really liked it. So my overall rating would be mixed. Though I suppose that gives her a slightly higher allotment of words beginning with meta-I still think she nonetheless far exceeded it! In fact, he considered his incompleteness theorem as proof positive no pun xnd of his own Platonist philosophy, nearly the opposite of positivism Platonists believe in objective reality, and a Platonist mathematician views a new proof not as a creation but as a discovery.


I highly recommend it. Even its effects on mathematics proper is limited. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Augustine, of course, merely icnompleteness the extent to which the basic human flaw can make us crazy. On the positive side, i actually enjoyed much of the “history” and “biography” bits as they fleshed out the time and places covered by Logicomix. Goedel was a young man in Vienna between the world wars, a time of enormous intellectual ferment. It felt like it was a page set up to what the philosophical world was like that Godel was walking into.

And finally, the later stages of his life. As a committed Platonist, he considered this to be the abstract realm of numbers, ane exist quite independently of human thought about them. This book brings us one step closer to doing that. Almost all of the brightest minds of Goedel’s time took his work to mean much the opposite, that all systems are incomplete and therefore absolute truth cannot exist.