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Godel Meets Einstein: Time Travel in the Godel Universe Paperback – 2 Dec 1999

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Open Court; Expanded ed. edition (2 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812694082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812694086
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.6 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,455,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Godel Meets Einstein is an attempt, often breathtaking, to bring various current scientific, methodological, and philosophical topics into real dialogue with a bona fide Big Issue: the nature of reality and the question of what is or fails to be part of that reality -- such as change, time, infinity, the dead. Even in those cases where most of us will join the forces of orthodoxy against him -- as in his discussion of the Zenonian Dichotomy paradox, where he denies the significance of the standard distinction between convergent and divergent infinite series -- Yourgrau cogently challenges us to see to it that our dogmatism is not of the unexamined, 'slumbering' variety." -- MIND, reviewing Palle Yourgrau's, The Disappearance of Time

"Combining careful scholarship with imaginative philosophical insight, Yourgrau has produced a stimulating investigation into the often neglected philosophical aspects of Goedel's thought. Taking as its centerpiece Goedel's discovery of models of general relativity with closed causal curves, Yourgrau goes on to give enlightening accounts of Goedel's platonism in mathematics, his idealism with regard to time, and his subtle views about the philosophical consequences we may draw about the actual world from features of worlds that are merely possible." -- Lawrence Sklar, University of Michigan

"Palle Yourgrau has written a highly informed, penetrating, and skillful book on the philosophy of time. His central goal is the proper understanding of Goedel's argument for the ideality of time from his famous 'rotating universes' solutions to Einstein's field equations. Since time travel is possible in such universes, time is, in its ordinary sense, merely ideal in such universes." -- Ellery Eells, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Time flows. What is past is real, while what is future is not yet real. Godel Meets Einstein demonstrates that modern mathematical physics, especially relativity theory, is incompatible with those simple ideas, that the incompatibility needs to be taken seriously, and that standard dissolutions of the incompatibility fail. It analyzes Goedel's fascinating views on this problem, showing that Goedel's work on relativity is a part of the same philosophical program as is his more widely celebrated incompleteness results." -- Shaughan Lavine, University of Arizona

About the Author

Palle Yourgrau is a professor of philosophy at Brandeis University. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

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