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# A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel And Einstein

In 1942, the logician Kurt Godel and Albert Einstein became close friends; they walked to and from their offices every day, exchanging ideas about science, philosophy, politics, and the lost world of German science. By 1949, Godel had produced a remarkable proof:

*In any universe described by the Theory of Relativity, time cannot exist*. Einstein endorsed this result relucta ...morePaperback, 224 pages

Published
February 14th 2006
by Basic Books
(first published December 28th 2004)

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Let's start by getting some basic facts straight:

1) Both Godel and Einstein were geniuses who made very fundamental contributions at a rather young age. Godel made one major contribution and Einstein made several contributions including his phD which is one of the most cited papers in physics - it is the use of diffusion in hot liquids to measure a certain constant, but the technique d ...more

Sep 28, 2009
Isabelle
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5 of 5 stars

Recommends it for:
anyone interested in the philosophy of math, science and especially -- time!

Absolutely phenomenal look at Godel's influence on modern science and his response to Einstein's SR and GR (which contain his theories on SR and GR not allowing for an intuitive notion of flowing time). Amazing insight into the logical positivist movement and Godel's incompleteness theorem, which Yourgrau explains in succinctly (as succinct as it can possibly get) and clearly. Also is a wonderful look at both Godel and Einstein as men and their friendship. Highly recommend it to anyone who quest
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It is actually hard to characterize Goedel, since his work in logic and the foundations of mathematics actually defines him not just as a logician, but also as a philosopher. My understanding after reading this book is that Goedel not only proved the Incompleteness Theorem, which was a very ne ...more

... will be the most appropriate legacy of Kurt Goedel.

READ THIS BOOK for an accessible and entertaining summary of Goedel's important contributions to mathematical logic, his troubled life, and the shamefully defensive response of professional philosophy.

DON'T READ IT for insights into Einstein (a very minor part of the story) or the nature of time.

The title of Palle Yourgau's book A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Godel And Einstein promises new insight ...more

Two of the figures involved in these results became deep friends in their late years at Princeton: the voluble Einstein and the strange reclusive Gödel, and this book dwells on the development of their philosophical views and the outcomes of some of that thought in the late work of Kurt Gödel.

Gödel, it is to ...more

Kurt Godel is a man whom next to nobody has heard of. A 20th century math logician caught in the Nazi drive to rid the world of Jews (he was not Jewish, but he was smart, and that was enough to implicate you in the deep and thoughtful Nazi mind...OK? *rolls eyes*). His eventual emigration to the United States landed him at Princeton where Einstein already had settled. Einstein was a jovial, ...more

Sep 20, 2007
Rob
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4 of 5 stars

Recommends it for:
people who are already interested in godel and einstein, not beginners

Shelves:
non-fiction-for-egghead-spacealiens

when Kurt Godel died, he weighed 65 pounds. quite possibly the greatest genius ever had become super-crazy and basically starved himself to death due to extreme hypochondria and paranoia. the personal lives and struggles of geniuses are generally interesting to learn about, but come on, aren't their brilliant thoughts much more interesting?

i guess the author wrote a book in 1999 on the same subject, aimed at academic philosophers. then a publisher convinced him to take that book, hack out lots ...more

i guess the author wrote a book in 1999 on the same subject, aimed at academic philosophers. then a publisher convinced him to take that book, hack out lots ...more

In general, I'm glad I found this book because Godel's notion that intuitive time does not exist mak ...more

Mar 29, 2010
Tom Weyandt
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2 of 5 stars

Recommends it for:
somebody who wants to be challenged!

very tough going - challenging - but worth some time - won;t go fast!

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