Godel's Proof

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NYU Press, Oct 1, 2001 - Mathematics - 160 pages
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In 1931 Kurt Gödel published his fundamental paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." This revolutionary paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. Gödel received public recognition of his work in 1951 when he was awarded the first Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences—perhaps the highest award of its kind in the United States. The award committee described his work in mathematical logic as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."

However, few mathematicians of the time were equipped to understand the young scholar's complex proof. Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and accessible explanation to both scholars and non-specialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Gödel's discovery. It offers every educated person with a taste for logic and philosophy the chance to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the original publication of Gödel's Proof, New York University Press is proud to publish this special anniversary edition of one of its bestselling and most frequently translated books. With a new introduction by Douglas R. Hofstadter, this book will appeal students, scholars, and professionals in the fields of mathematics, computer science, logic and philosophy, and science.


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Review: Gödel's Proof

User Review  - Luca Prosperi - Goodreads

I caveat this short review stating that I will probably have to read this book a couple of more times before giving a final judgement. However, two heated comments. Under a stylistic point of view, as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mengsen Zhang - Goodreads

If you have watched the movie “Inception” and thought it was not bad, then there is a higher chance that you will like this book. I would also give this book another name: “Gödel's Trick in two parts ... Read full review


Foreword to the New Edition
IIThe Problem of Consistency
IIIAbsolute Proofs of Consistency
IVThe Systematic Codification of Formal Logic
VAn Example of a Successful Absolute Proof of Consistency
VIThe Idea of Mapping and Its Use in Mathematics
VIIGödels Proofs
VIIIConcluding Reflections
Brief Bibliography

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About the author (2001)

Ernest Nagel was John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

James R. Newman was the author of What is Science.

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.

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