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This reissuance of Nagel and Newman's classic has been vastly improved by the deft editing of Douglas Hofstadter, a protégé of Nagel's and himself a popularizer of Gödel's work. In the second edition, Hofstadter reworks significant sections of the book, clarifying and correcting here, adding necessary detail there. In the few instances in which his writing diverges from the spirit of the original, it is to emphasize the interplay between formal mathematical deduction and meta-mathematical reasoning--a subject explored in greater depth in Hofstadter's other delightful writings. --Clark Williams-Derry
"A little masterpiece of exegesis."-Nature,
"An excellent nontechnical account of the substance of Gödel's celebrated paper."-American Mathematical Society,
I actually read this book in one sitting that took me late into the night.
I confess that I read this book with about as limited a background in logic and mathematics as one can have and still have a genuine interest in Godel.
I recommend this book for readers who want a clear and concise introduction to Godel's proof.
Excelent explanation of Godel's proof that Mathematics is not complete and maybe even worse. Don't miss Rebecca Goldstein's book on the same topic.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was told that this is the seminal book for understanding the ideas of Kurt Gödel and, while I do find it very clear to read, it's still a good deal more murky than I feel it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Gonzalez
This book is a very difficult read the pastor is on the subject I'm therefore giving it five starsPublished 3 months ago by Dan
The book gives a beautiful summary for the Godel's proof used in proving his outstanding theorem. As mentioned in the Foreword given by Douglas Hofstadter, the book is written as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Santosh
This edition is an update to the original one which I read for a college course in Symbolic Logic. In the new edition, there are corrections to some key arguments.Published 9 months ago by David Arp
This book is simple, short, and to the point. It explains the project of Principia Mathematica, the idea of building mathematics as an extension of logic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Drew