A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein

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Basic Books, Mar 4, 2009 - Science - 224 pages
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In 1942, the logician Kurt Godel and Albert Einstein became close friends; they walked to and from their offices every day, exchanging ideas about science, philosophy, politics, and the lost world of German science. By 1949, Godel had produced a remarkable proof: In any universe described by the Theory of Relativity, time cannot exist. Einstein endorsed this result reluctantly but he could find no way to refute it, since then, neither has anyone else. Yet cosmologists and philosophers alike have proceeded as if this discovery was never made. In A World Without Time, Palle Yourgrau sets out to restore Godel to his rightful place in history, telling the story of two magnificent minds put on the shelf by the scientific fashions of their day, and attempts to rescue the brilliant work they did together.
 

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This book is one of the best I have read on Godel. Many books on Godel discuss his famous incompleteness theorems as this one does, however, this book goes beyond that, into Godel's ideas on physics and philosophy. Few other books explore Godel's work on the philosophy of time as deeply or fairly. The author points out the failures of some of the worlds leading physicists and philosophers in understanding Godel's ground breaking ideas. Although I have several other books on Kurt Godel, my library would be sadly incomplete without this book. 

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A history of the often unknown relationship between two of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Gödel, one of the most ground-breaking mathematicians in history, friend to Einstein, without ... Read full review

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Palle Yourgrau is a Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University. His 1999 monograph Gödel Meets Einstein, the only book-length work on Gödel's cosmological ideas, has caused a resurgence of interest among philosophers in Gödel's ideas about time and relativity. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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