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G. J. Chaitin is at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York. He has shown that God plays dice not only in quantum mechanics, but even in the foundations of mathematics, where Chaitin discovered mathematical facts that are true for no reason, that are true by accident. This book collects his most wide-ranging and non-technical lectures and interviews, and it wi ...more
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published November 14th 2002 by Springer (first published November 28th 2001)
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The beggining of this book was so interesting! It really sparked my interest in math and science in general! I absolutely loved it and was fascinated by the ideas of the author and theories of the great mathematicians before him (Hilbert, Godel, Turing) of whom I had never heard of. However, as the book progressed it got very repetitive and and bit annoying to be honest.
I still recommend it but you will only need to read the first 4 chapters to understand the whole book, so I don't think it is w
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Gregory Chaitin is widely known for his work on metamathematics and for his discovery of the celebrated Omega number, which proved the fundamental unknowability of math. He is the author of many books on mathematics, including Meta Math! The Quest for Omega. Proving Darwin is his first book on biology. Chaitin was for many years at the IBM Watson Research Center in New York. The research described ...more
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