Paradox of Kurt Gödel. Reviewed by Juliette Kennedy. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt. Gödel. Rebecca Goldstein. W. W. Norton & Company. fefe 1. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel by Rebecca Goldstein. Weidenfeld, pp. Like Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Gödel’s. Irving H. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel by R. Goldstein . Rev. Mod. Log. 11 (), no. ,

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Godel was certainly an interesting character, as well as a very smart man; anr proof is quite ingenious. Goldstein asserts that Goedel was himself a devoted even devout Platonist, who saw his own work as demonstrating that there is a realm of absolute truth, which exists independent of any necessarily flawed system of thought we use to get at it. Mar 31, Jonathan Fretheim rated it liked it. And my socks will continue to disappear in the dryer.

People who better understood the rest of the book will probably find it repetitive, but it did me some good to have the ideas restated a few different ways. Jul 21, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Page numbers are in brackets [] from the W. He neurotically invents in order to avoid his own logic, and then projects his neurosis onto the world as a defect which must be eliminated.

It would have been nice to hear more about the man himself. Sad at the end. The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all. Anc is the modern form of the ancient Christian doctrine of Original Sin, formulated so forcefully by the great saint, Augustine of Hippo.


However I did not enjoy the godep half of the book much at all. Goedel didn’t know or didn’t tell usand we’re still trying to figure it out today.

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel by Rebecca Goldstein

It makes me wonder if she can commit one big blunder, could she be committing further blunders when it comes to her description of the incompleteness theorems, like her previously statement that Godel did not use numbers in his proofs [23].

The last line in the book was worth all the effort and shoots the book up several layers of appreciation. Apart from the formal parts of the third chapter, this is a very easy to grasp and recommendable reading for all those who want to make themselves more familiar epistemology, history of science, meta-mathematics and logic.

This book brings us one step closer to doing that.

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel

To engage the world through language is to enter the domain of Incompleteness, and therefore of profound doubt. View all 10 comments. This book is a bummer. A Work of Fictionwill be published by Pantheon Books.

Oct 30, Simon rated it really liked it Shelves: The picture that she paints is tragic, warm, and very eccentric.

What implications does this bring to the existence of God, of a Platonic world of abstract incommpleteness, of all that the mind can conjure but never empirically locate? Ironically, however, one can conceive the final statement of the Tractatus as a kind of incompleteness theorem: The world is thoroughly logical and so is my mind—a perfect fit.

We inherit it, not through our genes, but through our memes. Goldstein gives another example in the way many serious minded people assume from Einstein’s Theory of Relativity that there is no absolute reality, since everything depends on the subjective point of view of an observor. This is a great prkof about a strange and brilliant man. Incompleteness comes packaged in language itself.


Rather the entire notion of truth is embedded in our minds, which are incompleeteness the unwitting lackeys of organizational forms of influence. The randomness comes in from appearances only, or if like, possibly which base gets mutated. To finite man the infinite is an awesome, disturbing, and chaotic beast, forever mocking human aspirations and advances with its eternities and paradoxes and circularities.

It applies to the deepest thinker, the wealthiest entrepreneur, the most powerful politician, as well as to any random cog in the modern economic machine and to those who have been rejected by it. I highly recommend it. Goldstein quite clearly harbors a fondness and admiration for the eccentric logician, whom she once saw in person at a Princeton house party, and she does an excellent job incompletenesx situating him within his time period, his academic milieu, his long tenure at the Princeton-adjunct Institute for Advanced Studies and, especially, in describing both his two Incompleteness Theorems—having first outlined his graduate student dissertation on Completeness—and explaining the immense impact they had upon the mathematical, scientific, pardaox philosophic world once they had interpenetrated these disciplines of the mind.

They equate it with the discovery of a great fissure in the foundations of math, ominous evidence that the dynasty of proofs from Euclid onward is based on a subjectiverelative echoing Einstein’s theoryhuman perspective. Fortunately only about a quarter of the book deals with the proof itself. As someone who has tasted at least a few sips of the post-modernist kool-aid I found this argument bracing and largely convincing.