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Ernest Nagel , James R. Newman
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17 Jun 1971

In 1931 the mathematical logician Kurt Godel published a revolutionary paper that challenged certain basic assumptions underpinning mathematics and logic. A colleague of Albert Einstein, his theorem proved that mathematics was partly based on propositions not provable within the mathematical system and had radical implications that have echoed throughout many fields. A gripping combination of science and accessibility, Godel’s Proof by Nagel and Newman is for both mathematicians and the idly curious, offering those with a taste for logic and philosophy the chance to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (17 Jun 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041504040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415040402
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,820,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Nagel and Newman accomplish the wondrous task of clarifying the argumentative outline of Kurt Godel's celebrated logic bomb.' – The Guardian

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5.0 out of 5 stars For a novice, an excellent and readable book 10 Dec 2008
I have not read Godels paper, and it is unlikely I will, but I found this an eminently clear, readable and understandable (and, dare i say, enjoyable!) distillation.

And hopefully it has set me up for a second attempt at Hofstadter's Eternal Golden Braid :)
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The book arrived on time and the quality is as expected. Excellent value for money purchase. I am very satisfied.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complete incompletenes 30 Jun 2011
A good, though slightly complex description of Godels proof of incompleteness. Worth the effort to read, and probably everyone should make the effort, yes even you non-mathematicians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Godel's incompleteness theorem, clearly explained 27 Jun 2007
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Gödel's incompleteness theorem remains one of the most quoted, yet most misunderstood work in mathematics of the last century. Many non mathematicians had used the theorem (without understanding it, of course), to "prove" just about everything (generally it's been used to imply the limits of science, or stuff to that effect). The theorem, though, hardly implies that. This short book, written some 50 years ago, remains probably the best explanation of Godel's work available to the layman. The book starts explaining the background to Godel's theorem, as mathematicians such as Hilbert and Russell sought the axiomatization of mathematics. Godel's work, of course, proved that to be impossible. The book then proceeds to explain the theorem itself, as clearly as it possibly can (though I have to say that, as a non expert, the Gödel numbering scheme seems a like a trick to me, a sleight of hand. Yet, what do I know about this?). Overall, a great book about a much misunderstood work.
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