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Thinking about Godel and Turing: Essays on Complexity, 1970-2007

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Dr Gregory Chaitin, one of the world's leading mathematicians, is best known for his discovery of the remarkable Ω number, a concrete example of irreducible complexity in pure mathematics which shows that mathematics is infinitely complex. In this volume, Chaitin discusses the evolution of these ideas, tracing them back to Leibniz and Borel as well as Gödel and Turing.This ...more
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published August 8th 2007 by World Scientific Publishing Company (first published August 6th 2007)
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Nick Black
OMG this looks fantastic! How'd I miss it? And why on earth is the hardcover $118 despite being in-print? That's quite a chunk of change for some essays and an "illustrated edition" -- what the hell kind of illustration does one provide for theorems of algorithmic information complexity, for that matter? I'm going to try and find out, and then pick up either this or the paperback version...(update Sun May 24 16:45:34 EDT 2009 acquired new from Amazon, as some dickless motherfucker picked up the ...more
Samuel
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A wonderful collection of essays that distills Chaitins results and view on things.
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might be a good accompaniment to a course on Godel's theorem with Len Adleman
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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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