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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for the science reader
Casti, a well known science popularizer, gives in this book an excellent account of the life and work of Czech-born mathematician Kurt Gödel.
Gödel's Theorem had a profound impact in the 1930's and has been recently used to argue that artificial intelligence is out of reach for computers (see Penrose's "The shadows of the mind").
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Published on 6 Nov. 2002 by Cito

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really all that much about Godel
There is a full-length biography of Kurt Godel by John Dawson, one of Godel's literary executors and a co-editor of his collected works. In the meantime, this short book tries to give the non-mathenmatician a basic grounding in the facts of his life, the nature of his achievement and the measure of his continuing influence. It's true that the non-technical explanations...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for the science reader, 6 Nov. 2002
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Casti, a well known science popularizer, gives in this book an excellent account of the life and work of Czech-born mathematician Kurt Gödel.
Gödel's Theorem had a profound impact in the 1930's and has been recently used to argue that artificial intelligence is out of reach for computers (see Penrose's "The shadows of the mind").
You might also enjoy reading "Gödel, Escher, Bach..." (the best-selling book from D.R. Hofstadter) for a readable introduction to formal systems and the incompleteness problem.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really all that much about Godel, 1 Jun. 2004
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lexo1941 (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
There is a full-length biography of Kurt Godel by John Dawson, one of Godel's literary executors and a co-editor of his collected works. In the meantime, this short book tries to give the non-mathenmatician a basic grounding in the facts of his life, the nature of his achievement and the measure of his continuing influence. It's true that the non-technical explanations of Godel's work are remarkably ingenious and vivid, but in most cases they weren't necessarily invented by the book's authors. The style is often awkward, reading as though it was translated from the German by somebody for whom English isn't a first language, and there are a number of basic factual errors - for example, Ludwig Wittgenstein never wrote a book called "Logical Investigations". Being the biography fiend that I am, I could have done with a lot more about Godel's bizarre life and eccentric personality, but maybe it's best to appreciate the man's work before we start being curious about, for example, why he thought he was being poisoned.
To conclude: approach this little sucker with caution. It seems overpriced to me, and the mistakes I've noticed only make me worry about the ones that I haven't.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great introductory piece, 12 Sept. 2002
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D. P. Briggs (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I don't know how this compares with other books about Godel's life and work, but I've found this an enjoyable read. The main ideas are explained very clearly. The impact of Godel's work on the fields of computer science, cognitive science... is very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mathematical revolution., 23 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Kurt Godel: A Mathematical Legend (Hardcover)
Godel was a mathematical iconoclast. He upended the work of Hilbert and Bertrand Russell and showed that not everything that is true in mathematics can actually be proved. Fascinating and clearly written.
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