Gödel's Theorem

Gödel's Theorem

An Incomplete Guide to Its Use and Abuse

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"Among the many expositions of Gödel's incompleteness theorems written for non-specialists, this book stands apart. With exceptional clarity, Franzén gives careful, non-technical explanations both of what those theorems say and, more importantly, what they do not. No other book aims, as his does, to address in detail the misunderstandings and abuses of the incompleteness theorems that are so rife in popular discussions of their significance. As an antidote to the many spurious appeals to incompleteness in theological, anti-mechanist and post-modernist debates, it is a valuable addition to the literature." --- John W. Dawson, author of Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Work of Kurt Gödel

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The theorem is tossed about and misapplied by the uninformed, so the author gathered up quotes and responses he's been involved with on the internet and tackled a presentation for what he terms a "general audience." Mathematicians will turn to more sophisticated treatments; determined non-mathematicians with a strong bent for formal logic will be able to make their way through this explication. The author is a philosopher by training but has worked for a couple decades in computer science at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science and is affiliated with Lulea U. of Technology, Sweden. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Wellesley, MA : A K Peters, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781568812380
Branch Call Number: 511.3 FRANZ
Characteristics: x, 172 pages ; 23 cm


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