A Life of Logic

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Baker & Taylor
A biography of the brilliant physicist explores the role his Incompleteness theory playing in changing mathematics, science, and philosophy, while honestly facing the eccentricities and paranoia that eventually led to his death by starvation. 20,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
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. 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 popular biography of this strange and brilliant thinker, John Casti and Werner DePauli bring the legend to life. After describing his childhood in the Moravian capital of Brno, the authors trace the arc of Gödel's remarkable career, from the famed Vienna Circle, where philosophers and scientists debated notions of truth, to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he lived and worked until his death in 1978. In the process, they shed light on Gödel's contributions to mathematics, philosophy, computer science, artificial intelligence--even cosmology--in an entertaining and accessible way.

The life and legacy of the greatest logician since Aristotle.

Book News
Popular science writer Casti (Sante Fe Institute and Technical U. of Vienna) and DePauli (statistics and computer science, U. of Vienna) present the first biography of mathematician Kurt G÷del (1906-78) for lay readers. They look at his life from childhood in Monrovia to self-starvation in Princeton, and explore the work he is known for. The short bibliography is annotated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Tells the life story of the contemporary and intellectual peer of Einstein, and describes his work which revolutionized mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and cosmology.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780738202747
Branch Call Number: 510.1 GODEL CASTI
Characteristics: 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: DePauli-Schimanovich, Werner


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