When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge

When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought From Jim Holt, the New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist , comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in When Einstein Walked withG delExcursions to the Edge of ThoughtDoes time exist What is infinity Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who ve tried to encompass the latter with the former With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the US Constitution contained a terrible contradiction and whether the universe truly has a future ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Poltergeist (Greywalker, Author Kat Richardson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist ➣ [Epub] ➝ OBaby By Geoffrey Johnson ➭ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in When Einstein Walked withG delExcursions to the Edge of ThoughtDoes time exist What is infinity Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down In this scintillating collection ❰Download❯ ➽ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Author Pamela Clare – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Holt explores the human mind ❥ [KINDLE] ❂ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada ➢ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the cosmos ❴EPUB❵ ✺ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and the thinkers who ve tried to encompass the latter with the former With his trademark clarity and humor [KINDLE] ❅ The Good Daughter ❥ Karin Slaughter – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics [Read] ➵ Crysis Author Peter Watts – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the quest for the foundations of mathematics ➿ [Download] ➽ Fractured (Will Trent, By Karin Slaughter ➵ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and the nature of logic and truth Along the way ❰Epub❯ ➜ Ghost Author Fred Burton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers [Reading] ➷ Nerve By Dick Francis – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals [Download] ➾ Cinco Dias de Vida By Julie Lawson Timmer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Benoit Mandelbrot Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas [Read] ➮ Backstage ➶ Nikki Turner – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk from Einsteinian relativity to string theory [EPUB] ✼ Bodily Harm Author Margaret Atwood – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the US Constitution contained a terrible contradiction and whether the universe truly has a future


About the Author: Jim Holt

Jim Holt is a longtime contributor to the New Yorker where he has written on string theory, time, infinity, numbers, truth, and bullshit, among other subjects and the author of Stop Me If You ve Heard This A History and Philosophy of Jokes He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the London Review of Books He lives in Greenwich Village.



10 thoughts on “When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought

  1. says:

    This essay collection was as many such collections are apt to be a very mixed bag Quite a few of the essays, such as the titular piece, were compelling, informative, thought provoking compositions However, in what felt like an attempt to produce a book that hadSomething for everyone , the author proved himself to be a jack of all trades, but a master of none much of the content was unfortunately superficial, unsystematic, and ultima


  2. says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Sock Theory vs String Theory When Einstein Walked with G del Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim HoltMy contribution to Holt s Edge of Thoughts in the form of an article too An unauthorised and short version of physics.How did scientists first deduce that the universe had hidden dimensions, dimensions that are curled up so tight we can t see them Until recently SOCK THE


  3. says:

    A delightful set of 24 standard essays and 14 brief ones a page or so on the history of physics and math and current views on their relations The essays highlight issues with Einstein s theory of relativity special and general , quantum mechanics, group theory, infinity and the infinitesimal, Turing s theory of computability, Goedel s incompleteness theorems, prime numbers and the Riemann zeta conjecture, category theory, topology, frac


  4. says:

    Another good book by Jim Holt he seems interested by the same questions I am we mostly see things similarly a major exception Mathematical Platonism and I like his writing style Here Holt takes on topics of Philosophy, Mathematics, Physics, and Cosmology and he entertains and enlightens Good stuff.


  5. says:

    Contents Part 1 the Moving Image of EternityTime the Grand Illusion Part 2 Numbers in the Brain, in Platonic Heaven, and in SocietySir Francis Galton, the Father of Statistics and EugenicsPart 3 Mathematics, Pure and ImpureA Mathematical RomancePart 4 Higher Dimensions, Abstract MapsGeometrical CreaturesPart 5 Infinity, Large and SmallGeorg Cantor v David Foster WallacePart 6 Heroism, Tragedy, and the Computer AgeThe Ada Perplex Was Byron s


  6. says:

    This is a new book of essays columns short pieces by an accomplished writer about philosophy The core essays make it clear that Holt is focusing on the philosophy of science, although the collection is rounded out to include several short reviews, as well as work on the philosophy of language and naming and even the philosophy of BS I am never quite sure what to think of writings like this To start with, the philosophy of science is not scien


  7. says:

    Calling this one done a bit before the end Honestly, the latter essays get a bit tedious There s a lot to love about this book and a few things that kind of grated at my nerves But overall, some of the better chapters were incredible and really made me think and want to doresearch Despite some potentially serious flaws, I m giving this one four stars for getting me excited enough to start digging outof my math books again.


  8. says:

    TL DR Well written, thoroughly researched and argued collection of essays wrestling with the difficult topics of mathematics Recommended for anyone who wants an accessible but challenging look at some of humanity s deepest problems This book will make you think Disclosure Farrar, Straus, and Giroux provided an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review Review cross posted at my website PrimmLife Review Math and philosophy have alwa


  9. says:

    I don t normally write a comment regarding the star rating I ve attributed to a book, but in this case I feel I should qualify my rating.For the most part the content of this book is of great quality Had it not been for the tedious set of shorter essays towards the end and the condescending tone I feel the author occasionally exudes this would ve been a 5 star rating.But its not 4 stars either and that is due to the utterly unfortunate choice Jim H


  10. says:

    I agree with this review Worse, I did not manage to finish the book since the quality interest went rapidly down hill in the second half The first story on the relationship between Einstein and Godel is not uninteresting but lotsdetail can be found in this book which contains an account of his wife s life A minor quip on the hilarious Boganov scandal Wikipedia confirms that the bogus articles were not about string theory as the author mistakenly clai


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