Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel"The genius behind this discovery was Kurt Godel, himself a man of paradox. He was the greatest logician since Aristotle, as well as Einstein's closest intellectual companion during Einstein's last years. But he was also deeply eccentric and given to paranoiac deductions that ultimately led to his tragic death. Subject to irrationality, he nevertheless put his faith in reason. With the use of an ingenious proof he was able to demonstrate that in any sufficiently complex system  in short, any system a mathematician would want to use  there are true statements that cannot be proven. Some thinkers despaired at this result. Others, like the formidable Wittgenstein, could never accept it. And still others misunderstood it as a torpedo to the hull of rationality itself. For Godel, however, it was evidence of an eternal, objective truth, independent of human thought, that can only be apprehended imperfectly by the human mind."BOOK JACKET. 
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Review: Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)
User Review  Peter Flom  GoodreadsThis is a great book about a strange and brilliant man. It's hard to think of a writer better qualified to write it than Rebecca Goldstein. Full review: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed... Read full review
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User Review  Lalena  GoodreadsThis is not my favorite of her works. But it's pretty darn good. She does an excellent job of exploring the implications of Godel's theorems while at the same time delving into the life of the man ... Read full review
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