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Erudite, stimulating and informative,
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This review is from: The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book for anyone with an interest in epistemology, science and mathematics. Yanofsky delivers on his title and then some. Using worked examples, anecdotes and historical analysis, Yanofsky demonstrates that there are and always will be limits to what we can possibly know. What's more, what we don't know will always infinitely outweigh what we do know. Along the way, he discusses classical and quantum physics, determinism and free will, Turing's halting problem, Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, the P-NP problem, the structure of the Universe and the anthropic principle (not an exhaustive list). Neither does Yanofsky avoid philosophical issues like mathematical Platonism and why did the Universe create an intelligence capable of reflecting and understanding its own origins and structure. This is a deep book on many levels, intellectually stimulating, informative and reflective. A combination often attempted but rarely achieved with such aplomb. Easy to read, given its esotericism.