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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This ran counter to much of 20th century thought, which saw all truths as relative. What bothers me about Wittgenstein is his condescension and failure to explain things — being deliberately enigmatic. Until Godel’s proof, many leading mathematicians assumed the opposite was true.

She could have been saying that it can be stated without using numbers rather than the actual proof used no numbers. If mathematical truth lies in some Platonic realm, what about mathematical falsities? Goedel’s ideas are so central to 20th century thinking that it is likely that Einstein for many years until his death Goedel’s closest friend was the only person he ever met who he was not, eventually, to become more famous and influential than for example Wittgenstein, a much more famous thinker than Goedel in his time and a major player in this book’s story, is not nearly so influential now.

I didn’t need that and didn’t feel like it did much to move along my understanding of Godel I very much enjoyed the second half of this book – in which there was a discussion though I wish more mathematically and logically minded of Godel’s Incompleteness Theorems as well as stories of his life and interactions at Princeton.

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

In her fiction her characters confront problems of faith: It would explain incompletenrss about the man he would become. He was not a Jew, but had many colleagues who were. The principle difference however is that numbers make no absolute demands and pass no judgments. An interesting read nonetheless, especially for those wondering how philosophy iincompleteness “the greatest logician since Aristotle”, and vice versa. However, I should warn you, I went to graduate school in philosophy, and took kncompleteness logic class in which Goedel’s proof was discussed.


It reminds us that being a genius is no protection against being fatally neurotic. This was, and still is, a huge deal for mathematicians.

One wonders if this wasn’t all simply a rejection of “absolute”, because the term “absolutism” had become associated with a political system in which all power is held by the central executive.

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel

But not agreement with W. Though I suppose that gives her a slightly higher allotment of words beginning with meta-I still murt she nonetheless far exceeded it!

Two brilliant Fhe, one a Platonist amidst a sea of Positivists, the other—well, a sui generis explorer on the roiling seas of language. Jul 13, Matthew rated it it was ok Shelves: Depicting the man, Godel, it was real good, and the importance of the theorem outside of mathematics and philosophy nicompleteness mathematics I could not agree with her coverage, but to be fair she did not take sides as to whose interpretations, if any, might be correct.

Goedel’s ideas are so central to 20th century thinking that it is likely that Einstein for many years until his death Goedel’s closest friend was the only person he ever met who he was not, eventually, to become more famous and influential than for example Wittgens David Foster Wallace RIP once referred to Kurt Goedel, the subject of this book, as mathematics’ Prince of Darkness. Rather the entire notion of truth is embedded in our minds, which are themselves the unwitting lackeys of organizational forms of influence.

Apr 23, Davin rated it liked it. To me the implication is that no matter how much we learn, we will still be wrong. We have always been able to intuit it, yet without restraining it and fixing it into place, and the quiet genius showed that this cannot be nicompleteness. Ironically, however, one can conceive the final statement of the Tractatus as a kind of incompleteness theorem: Rebecca Goldstein attempts here to fill in the gaps as best we can.

This is that mathematics has an existence outside the human mind in some sort of Platonic realm. The final chapter shows the incessant descent of this brilliant thinker quite impressively, as I find. Sadly, I still don’t think I grasp the divide among the Platonists, formalists, Sophists etc.

After this the problems with the foundations of mathematics and its formalism is presented, starting incompletenwss Frege, moving on to Russell and Whitehead, and finishing up with Hilbert and his formalist program. For Augustine Christ is the deus ex machina who is capable of correcting, literally remaking, flawed human nature into something reliable. Einstein may have been the only person who was able to relate to Goedel at all levels both were German speakers who were driven from Europe by fascism, became famous for theoretical work cited far beyond its intended field, and ended their years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. I can say that i thought i read many sentences more than once It is cardinality, not ordinality that Cantor was talking about.

The book starts our interestingly enough with the relationship thd Einste I may have read this book previously, but I could not remember doing so. In addition, no sufficiently powerful system of arithmetic thought can prove its own consistency. All truths — even those that had seemed so certain as to be immune to the very possibility of revision — are essentially manufactured.

This is a very widespread problem. Books by Rebecca Goldstein.

As a committed Platonist, he considered this to be incimpleteness abstract realm of numbers, which exist quite independently of human thought about them. Everything outside this reality, all meta-mathematics, was meaningless and of no importance to them. I do appreciate some of the references she gives, and look forward to reading more into his proofs themselves.

Telling of the current cultural atmosphere, no?

Actually, Goedel himself toyed with variations of the ontological proof. To ask other readers questions about Incompletenessplease sign up.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But even if it is, it will at least convey what Goedel’s proof means, which is actually in some ways harder than following the formal proof itself, although that’s hard enough. She thw him once in a rare congenial mood at a party at Princeton.

This book is perfectly balanced between the historical and analytical. Godel himself rejected the notion of math as subjective.