Synopses & Reviews
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 non-specialists 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.
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"A little masterpiece of exegesis."
"An excellent nontechnical account of the substance of Gödel's celebrated paper."
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"A little masterpiece of exegesis." -Nature,
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"An excellent nontechnical account of the substance of Gödel's celebrated paper."-American Mathematical Society,
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“Because whistleblowers leaked the Abu Ghraib photos and some of the torture memos, the torture and abuse committed by the United States entered the national discourse. This book is the result of those efforts and this critical work by leading scholars and journalists who courageously provide a roadmap for holding Bush officials accountable for their war crimes.”
-Daniel Ellsberg,author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
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-John W. Dean,former Nixon White House counsel and author of Conservatives Without Conscience
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“A magnificent, though deeply disturbing collection of essays on torture, considering its history, its use since September 11, and the obstacles to holding those responsible accountable. This is the best collection of essays on the topic and it leaves no doubt that the nation has not yet come to grips with the inhumanity perpetrated under the guise of national security.”
-Erwin Chemerinsky,Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
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“This book is incredible. The truth is right there on the pages, assembled for everyone to see and read and understand. Finally. Accountability is the first step in healing as a nation. The last line of the final chapter says it all:‘Let us begin. Indeed, we must.”
-Janis L. Karpinski,former Brigadier General, U.S. Army, and author of One Womans Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story
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"An excellent addition to the cannon of work relating to the post-9/11 embrace of torture by the Bush Administration as well as the subsequent erosion of constitutional and international legal principles."-Adam L. Kress,Law and Politics Book Review
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".
In Godel's Proof Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and non-technical explanation for both scholars and non-specialists 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.
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 non-specialists 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.
About the Author
Kurt 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 Pulitzer-prize winning Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.