Released October, 2005
The Pros:Interesting take on the concept of incompleteness. Author is passionate on the subject. Good history of math and epistemology.
The Cons:Sometimes dry. Could be more cohesive.
Mathematician, and author, Gregory Chaitin examines the fundamental limits of mathematics and reasoning, by examining the inherent random nature of math. As much a book of philosophy or epistemology, Meta Math! is the quest for a special number Ω that demonstrates that math is not as straight forward as it may seem.
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Building on the concepts of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem and Alan Turing's Halting Problem, Chaitin seeks a truly irreducible (random) number that sheds light on what is truly unknowable. The author takes a passionate and playful look at what could be very dry concepts to some, and makes it interesting for those interested in the math of math itself.
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Interesting take on the concept of incompleteness
Author is passionate on the subject
Good history of math and epistemology
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