Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel

Paperback Great Discoveries (Paperback)

By (author) Rebecca Goldstein

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393327604
  • ISBN 13: 9780393327601
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 96,066

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Probing the life and work of Kurt Godel, Incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured genius whose vision rocked the stability of mathematical reasoning- and brought him to the edge of madness.

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Author information

Rebecca Goldstein is a MacArthur Fellow, a professor of philosophy, and the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Review quote

"Magnificent.... A stimulating exploration of both the power and the limitations of the human intellect.... Goldstein is an excellent choice for this installment of Norton's Great Discoveries series: Her philosophical background makes her a sure guide to the underlying ideas, and she brings a novelistic depth of character and atmosphere ... to her sympathetic depiction of the logician's tortured psyche, as his relentless search for logical patterns ... gradually darkened into paranoia."