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When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought (International Edition) Hardcover – 15 May 2018

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan USA (15 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374146705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374146702
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.4 x 23.7 cm
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"Holt ....performs his observational comedy within the realm of the higher sciences -- math, theoretical physics, philosophy -- but gives us enough setup that we're in on the joke . . . I don't know of another writer quite like him . . . When Einstein presents a remarkably unified sensibility . . . I found Holt's essay on the Riemann hypothesis to be totally charming. In fact, this was my experience for nearly the whole book. In piece after piece, Holt acts as a model host, giving us only the best bits while paring away most difficulties . . . It's a perfect bedtime book, with each essay providing a luminous devotional on weighty topics, delivered with a light touch." --David Kordahl, Los Angeles Review of Books

"I've just discovered the brilliant essays of Jim Holt . . . When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought . . . offers lucid and entertaining accounts of deep problems in physics, maths and philosophy." --Martin Rees, Physics World

"A smart, erudite, and witty guided tour of some of the most colorful episodes and characters in the history of science and mathematics." --Jimena Canales, Undark

"These are bold, thought-provoking pieces . . . Stories of real humans and their mathematical, physical and philosophical theories--some of the most complex ever devised." --Andrew Jaffe, Nature

"In these pieces, plucked from the last 20 years, Holt takes on infinity and the infinitesimal, the illusion of time, the birth of eugenics, the so-called new atheism, smartphones and distraction. It is an elegant history of recent ideas . . . Holt is an amphibious kind of writer, so capably slipping from theology to cosmology to poetry, you're reminded that specialization is a modern invention." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

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"Science writing of the caliber on display in When Einstein Walked with Gödel is a boon in these times of looming scientific illiteracy. Holt makes his recondite subjects seem not only fascinating but fun." --Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor

"[A] fantastic essay collection [filled] with stories about eccentric geniuses and groundbreaking ideas at the intersection of science and philosophy . . . Holt delivers this feast of wild genius, oddball thinkers, and sheer creativity in his signature accessible style of writing and playful tone." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Jim Holt's When Einstein Walked with Gödel is a thrilling trek through some of the greatest insights in physics, philosophy, and mathematics. Insightful, enlightening, and entertaining, Holt explores how a collection of thinkers--some quirky, some tragic, all ingenious--redefined the very boundaries of space, time, and knowledge." --Brian Greene, author of The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

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"Jim Holt not only has an unerring sense for locating the most interesting questions lying on the borders of philosophy, science, and mathematics; he also has a talent for expressing the human and emotional dimensions of the life of the mind. The blend goes toward making When Einstein Walked with Gödel an unusually absorbing and stimulating collection of essays." --Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away

About the Author

Jim Holt writes about math, science, and philosophy for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Review of Books. His Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story was an international bestseller.

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