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# Meta Math!: The Quest for Omega (Peter N. Nevraumont Books)

Gregory Chaitin, one of the world’s foremost mathematicians, leads us on a spellbinding journey, illuminating the process by which he arrived at his groundbreaking theory.

Chaitin’s revolutionary discovery, the Omega number, is an exquisitely complex representation of unknowability in mathematics. His investigations shed light on what we can ultimately know about the univer

Hardcover, 240 pages

Published
October 4th 2005
by Pantheon
(first published 2005)

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**The flow of every page is broken up and littered with distractingly bolded sentences, unnecessary subheadings, and redundant information boxes.**

Chaitin takes every opportunity to remind ...more

Jun 15, 2007
David Rim
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I'm not sure how I feel about the Quest for Omega. On the one hand its interesting in the sense that so many mathematical fields are coming together under the auspices of information / computational theory. On the other, this is weirdly unbalanced. There are really difficult concepts that are totally glossed over, and really simple concepts that are delved into. Im not being pretentious, but diophantine equations are pretty much passed by really quickly and then theres a whole chapter on Turings
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Mar 09, 2012
Jack
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If your math education petered out as mine did in the early going of calculus, there is quite a lot here that will either be very heavy going or will go right past you. Fortunately those parts aren't completely essential to appreciating the work. Chaitin is mostly trying to give the layman some understanding of the deepest insights we have into complexity and uncertainty, two notions that sort of meet at the concept of computability. Personally I'm at peace with the idea that I will never truly
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*niente*e l'autore inserisce continuamente note personali che non sono collegate alla sua supposta scoperta. Il libro dovrebbe condurre il lettore alla scopera di Omega, peccato che prima di introdurre il concetto il libro sia gi�� bello e finito, nel mezzo ci sono una serie di concetti che spaziano dalla matematica alla logica all'informatica alla biologia che sono debolmente legati.

L'autore fa diverse dimos ...more

Jul 20, 2008
Chris
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Aaron Thomas

I had been reading and learning about Godel's Incompleteness theorem when a friend recommended this book to me. Also a book about incompleteness, this text focuses on the field of computer science-and on the computer itself as a philosophical/mathematical device-instead of discussing Godel's arduous proof. The most interesting idea I gathered from this book is this: mathematics may be more human invention than universal law. I would highly recommend it, especially as it is short and Chaitin's en
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Oct 21, 2014
Alexi Parizeau
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This book has changed the way I approach my research. Chaitin's attitude and philosophy are contagious! It's now one of the most important books I've read, if only because it allowed me to be myself in the pursuit of truth.

Aug 30, 2012
Worakarn Isaratham
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interesting content, awful writing.

Interesting book on maths

Mar 26, 2009
Sean
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