Subject(s) 
Gödel's theorem


Mathematics  Philosophy

Subject 
Gödel, Kurt

Physical Description 
xxiii, 515 p. : ill. ; 27 cm 
Summary 
"This volume commemorates the life, work, and foundational views of Kurt Gödel (19061978), most famous for his hallmark works on the completeness of firstorder logic, the incompleteness of number theory, and the consistency  with the other widely accepted axioms of set theory  of the axiom of choice and of the generalized continuum hypothesis. It explores current research, advances, and ideas for future directions not only in the foundations of mathematics and logic, but also in the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, physics, cosmology, philosophy, theology, and the history of science. The discussion is supplemented by personal reflections from several scholars who knew Gödel personally, providing some interesting insights into his life. By putting his ideas and life's work into the context of current thinking and perceptions, this book will extend the impact of Gödel's fundamental work in mathematics, logic, philosophy, and other disciplines for future generations of researchers" Provided by publisher 
Note 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Contents 
I. Historical Context: Gödel's Contributions and Accomplishments: Gödel's Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Work: 1. The impact of Gödel's incompleteness theorems on mathematics / Angus Macintyre; 2. Logical hygiene, foundations, and abstractions: diversity among aspects and options / Georg Kreisel; Gödel's Legacy: A Historical Perspective: 3. The reception of Gödel's 1931 incompletabilty theorems by mathematicians, and some logicians, to the early 1960s/ Ivor GrattanGuinness; 4.dt 'Dozent Gödel will not lecture' / Karl Sigmund; 5. Gödel's thesis: an appreciation / Juliette Kennedy; 6. Lieber Herr Bernays!, Lieber Herr Gödel! Gödel on finitism, constructivity, and Hilbert's program / Solomon Feferman; The Past and Future of Computation: 7. Computation and intractability: echoes of Kurt Gödel / Christos H. Papadimitriou; 8. From the entscheidungsproblem to the personal computer  and beyond / B. Jack Copeland; Gödelian Cosmology: 9. Gödel, Einstein, Mach, Gamow, and Lanczos: Gödel's remarkable excursion into cosmology / Wolfgang Rindler; 10. Physical unknowables / Karl Svozil  II. A Wider Vision: The Interdisciplinary, Philosophical, And Theological Implications of Gödel's Work: On the Unknowables: 11. Gödel and physics / John D. Barrow; 12. Gödel, Thomas Aquinas, and the unknowability of God / Denys A. Turner; Gödel and the Mathematics of Philosophy: 13. Gödel's mathematics of philosophy / Piergiorgio Odifreddi; Gödel and Philosophical Theology: 14. Gödel's ontological proof and its variants / Petr Hájek; Gödel and the Human Mind: 15. The Gödel theorem and human nature / Hilary W. Putnam; 16. Gödel, the mind, and the laws of physics / Roger Penrose  III. New Frontiers: Beyond Gödel's Work in Mathematics and Symbolic Logic: Extending Gödel's Work: 17. Gödel's functional interpretation and its use in current mathematics / Ulrich Kohlenbach; 18. My forty years on his shoulders / Harvey M. Friedman; The Realm of Set Theory: 19. My interaction with Kurt Gödel: the man and his work / Paul J. Cohen; Gödel and the Higher Infinite: 20. The transfinite universe / W. Hugh Woodin; Gödel and Computer Science: 21. The Gödel phenomena in mathematics: a modern view / Avi Wigderson 
Alternate Author 
Baaz, Matthias

