Recording of Volumes, the MoMath book club, with Steven Strogatz
This is a recording of a live-streamed event that took place on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Appropriate for ages 18 and up.
Volumes continues! Join Distinguished Visiting Professor Steven Strogatz and author Stephen Budiansky for an online discussion of Stephen's Journey to the Edge of Reason.
Nearly a hundred years after its publication, Kurt Gödel's famous proof that every mathematical system must contain propositions that are true — yet never provable — continues to unsettle mathematics, philosophy, and computer science. Stephen Budiansky's Journey to the Edge of Reason is the first biography to fully draw upon Gödel's voluminous letters and writings — including a never-before-transcribed shorthand diary of his most intimate thoughts — to explore Gödel's profound intellectual friendships, his moving relationship with his mother, his troubled yet devoted marriage, and the debilitating bouts of paranoia that ultimately took his life. It also offers an intimate portrait of the scientific and intellectual circles in prewar Vienna and a haunting account of Gödel's and Jewish intellectuals' flight from Austria and Germany at the start of the Second World War.
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