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When Einstein Walked With Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought
Jim Holt
 Format
 Book
 Published
 New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
 Edition
 First edition
 Language
 English
 Uniform Title
 Essays
 ISBN
 9780374146702, 0374146705, 9780374717841
 Summary
 "A collection of essays on philosophy, mathematics, and science, and the people who pursue them"
 Contents
 Part I: The moving image of eternity. When Einstein walked with Gödel ; Time
 the grand illusion?
 Part II: Numbers in the brain, in platonic heaven, and in society. Numbers guy: the neuroscience of math ; The Riemann Zeta conjecture and the laughter of the primes ; Sir Francis Galton, the father of statistics...and eugenics
 Part III: Mathematics, pure and impure. A mathematical romance ; The avatars of higher mathematics ; Benoit Mandelbrot and the discovery of fractals
 Part IV: Higher dimensions, abstract maps. Geometrical creatures ; A comedy of colors
 Part V: Infinity, large and small. Infinite visions: Georg Cantor v. David Foster Wallace ; Worshipping infinity: why the Russians do and the French don't ; The dangerous idea of the infinitesimal
 Part VI: Heroism, tragedy, and the computer age. The Ada perplex: was Byron's daughter the first coder? ; Alan Turing in life, logic, and death ; Dr. Strangelove makes a thinking machine ; Smarter, happier, more productive
 Part VII: The cosmos reconsidered. The string theory wars: is beauty truth? ; Einstein, "Spooky action," and the reality of space ; How will the Universe end?
 Part VII: Quick studies: a selection of shorter essays. Little big man ; Doom soon ; Death: bad? ; The lookingglass war ; Astrology and the demarcation problem ; Gödel takes on the U.S. Constitution ; The law of least action ; Emmy Noether's beautiful theorem ; Is logic coercive? ; Newcomb's problem and the paradox of choice ; The right not to exist ; Can't anyone get Heisenberg right? ; Overconfidence and the Monty Hall problem ; The cruel law of eponymy ; The mind of a rock
 Part IX: God, sainthood, truth, and bullshit. Dawkins and the deity ; On moral sainthood ; Truth and reference: a philosophical feud ; Say anything.
 Description
 xi, 368 pages ; 24 cm
 Notes
 Includes bibliographical references and index.
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