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There's Something About Gdel: The Complete Guide to the Incompleteness Theorem

Francesco Berto

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ISBN 10: 1405197668 / ISBN 13: 9781405197663
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
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Title: There's Something About Gdel: The Complete ...

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1.

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Berto's highly readable and lucid guide introduces students and the interested reader to Godel's celebrated Incompleteness Theorem , and discusses some of the most famous - and infamous - claims arising from Godel's arguments. Offers a clear understanding of this difficult subject by presenting each of the key steps of the Theorem in separate chapters Discusses interpretations of the Theorem made by celebrated contemporary thinkers Sheds light on the wider extra-mathematical and philosophical implications of Godel's theories Written in an accessible, non-technical style

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"There's Something about G]odel is a bargain: two books in one. The first half is a gentle but rigorous introduction to the incompleteness theorems for the mathematically uninitiated. The second is a survey of the philosophical, psychological, and sociological consequences people have attempted to derive from the theorems, some of them quite fantastical." (Philosophia Mathematica, 2011)

"There is a story that in 1930 the great mathematician John von Neumann emerged from a seminar delivered by Kurt Gödel saying: 'It's all over.' Gödel had just proved the two theorems about the logical foundations of mathematics that are the subject of this valuable new book by Francesco Berto. Berto's clear exposition and his strategy of dividing the proof into short, easily digestible chunks make it pleasant reading ... .Berto is lucid and witty in exposing mistaken applications of Gödel's results ... [and] has provided a thoroughly recommendable guide to Gödel's theorems and their current status within, and outside, mathematical logic." (Times Higher Education Supplement, February 2010)

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