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Incompleteness: Rebecca Goldstein on the Life and Work of Kurt Gödel

 

Best known for his Incompleteness Theorem, Kurt Gödel (1906–1978) is considered one of the most important mathematicians and logicians of the 20th century. By showing that the establishment of a set of axioms encompassing all of mathematics would never succeed, he revolutionized the world of mathematics, logic, and philosophy.

Rebecca Goldstein is the author of Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel and, most recently, Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received many awards for her fiction and scholarship, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

She shares her insight into the life and work of Kurt Gödel.

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