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More copies of this ISBNThis title in other editionsGodels Proof Rev Editionby Ernest Nagel
Synopses & ReviewsPublisher Comments:In 1931 Kurt Gödel published his fundamental paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." This revolutionary paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. Gödel received public recognition of his work in 1951 when he was awarded the first Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences — perhaps the highest award of its kind in the United States. The award committee described his work in mathematical logic as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."
However, few mathematicians of the time were equipped to understand the young scholar's complex proof. Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and accessible explanation to both scholars and nonspecialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Gödel's proof. It offers every educated person with a taste for logic and philosophy the chance to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject. Marking the 70th anniversary of the original publication of Gödel's Proof, New York University Press is proud to publish this special anniversary edition of one of its bestselling books. With a new introduction by Douglas R. Hofstadter, this book will appeal students, scholars, and professionals in the fields of mathematics, computer science, logic and philosophy, and science. Synopsis:In 1931 Kurt Gödel published his fundamental paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." This revolutionary paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. Gödel received public recognition of his work in 1951 when he was awarded the first Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences—perhaps the highest award of its kind in the United States. The award committee described his work in mathematical logic as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."
However, few mathematicians of the time were equipped to understand the young scholar's complex proof. Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and accessible explanation to both scholars and nonspecialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Gödel's discovery. It offers every educated person with a taste for logic and philosophy the chance to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject. New York University Press is proud to publish this special edition of one of its bestselling books. With a new introduction by Douglas R. Hofstadter, this book will appeal students, scholars, and professionals in the fields of mathematics, computer science, logic and philosophy, and science. Synopsis:In 1931 Kurt Godel disrupted some of the fundamental assumptions underlying mathematics and logic with the publication of his revolutionary paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems". Ironically, few mathematicians of the time were able to understand the young scholar's complex proof, and the full importance of this work was largely overlooked for many years. Godel was at last recognized by his peers and presented with the first Albert Einstein Award in 1951 for achievement in the natural sciences — the highest honor of its kind in the United States. The award committee, which included Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, described his work in as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times".<P>In Godel's Proof Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and nontechnical explanation for both scholars and nonspecialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Godel's theory. First published in 1958 and in print continuously since then in 10 languages, this highly popular, seminal work offers every educated person with a taste for logic and philosophy the chance to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject.
About the AuthorKurt Gödel taught at Vienna University in the 1930s and then became a Professor in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Ernest Nagel was John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, and James R. Newman was the author of What is Science. Douglas R. Hofstadter is College Professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University and author of the Pulitzerprize winning Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.
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