Kurt Godel: Collected Works: Volume II

Kurt Godel: Collected Works: Volume II : Publications 1938-1974

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Kurt Godel (1906 - 1978) was the most outstanding logician of the twentieth century, famous for his hallmark works on the completeness of logic, the incompleteness of number theory, and the consistency of the axiom of choice and the continuum hypothesis. He is also noted for his work on constructivity, the decision problem, and the foundations of computability theory, as well as for the strong individuality of his writings on the philosophy of mathematics. He is less well known for his discovery of unusual cosmological models for Einstein's equations, in theory permitting time travel into the past. The Collected Works is a landmark resource that draws together a lifetime of creative thought and accomplishment. The first two volumes were devoted to Godel's publications in full (both in original and translation), and the third volume featured a wide selection of unpublished articles and lecture texts found in Godel's Nachlass. These long-awaited final two volumes contain Godel's correspondence of logical, philosophical, and scientific interest. Volume IV covers A to G, with H to Z in volume V; in addition, Volume V contains a full inventory of Godel's Nachlass. All volumes include introductory notes that provide extensive explanatory and historical commentary on each body of work, English translations of material originally written in German (some transcribed from the Gabelsberger shorthand), and a complete bibliography of all works cited. Kurt Godel: Collected Works is designed to be useful and accessible to as wide an audience as possible without sacrificing scientific or historical accuracy. The only comprehensive edition of Godel's work available, it will be an essential part of the working library of professionals and students in logic, mathematics, philosophy, history of science, and computer science and all others who wish to be acquainted with one of the great minds of the twentieth century.show more

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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195147219
  • 9780195147216
  • 871,267

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The books are carefully and beautifully produced and offer rich material, illuminating not only the outstanding work of Godel, but also the whole mathematical logic of the twentieth century, including some philosophical and historical aspects. * EMS * ... the presentation is impeccable. The introductory notes which explicate Godel's thought are notable papers in themselves ... Such is the thoroughness of the enterprise in making Godel's work accessible, this volume concludes with addenda and corrigenda to Volume I! ... Connoisseurs of mathematical logic and the history and philosophy of mathematics will cherish the opportunity afforded by this volume (and by the first volume, too) to gain insight into the mind of one of the greatest logicians of all time. * The Mathematical Gazette *show more

About Kurt Gödel

The Editor-in-Chief Solomon Feferman is Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy, and Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at Stanford University. He is past president of the Association of Symbolic Logic. The Editors John W. Dawson, Jr., is Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University, York. Steven C. Kleene is Emeritus Dean of Letters and Science, and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Gregory H. Moore is Associate Professor of Mathematics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Robert M. Solovay is Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. The late Jean van Heijenoort was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University until his death in 1986.show more

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