Godel's Theorem: An Incomplete Guide to Its Use and Abuse

Godel's Theorem: An Incomplete Guide to Its Use and Abuse
Publisher: A K Peters | ISBN: 1568812388 | edition 2005 | File type: PDF | 182 pages | 12,4 mb

Among the many expositions of Godel's incompleteness theorems written for non-specialists, this book stands apart. With exceptional clarity, Franzen gives careful, non-technical explanations both of what those theorems say and, more importantly, what they do not. No other book aims, as his does, to address in detail the misunderstanding and abuses of the incompleteness theorems that are so rife in popular discussions of their significance. As an antidote to the many spurious appeals to incompleteness in theological, anti-mechanist and post-modernist debates, it is a valuable addition to the literature" - John W. Dawson, Jr., author of Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Work of Kurl Godel Godel's Theorem has been used to argue that a computer can never be as smart as a human being because the extent of its knowledge is limited by a fixed set of axioms, whereas people can discover unexpected truths It plays a part in modern linguistic theories, which emphasize the power of language to come up with new ways to express ideas.



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