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Meta Math!


$20.00 Released October, 2005

Product Shot 1 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

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    Author is passionate on the subject

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    Good history of math and epistemology

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    Sometimes dry

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    Could be more cohesive

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Erik
Erik: #meta_math I read this book recently. I really enjoyed as it gave me a new perspective on Godel's Incompleteness theory that I first came across in Godel, Escher, Bach. After reading this, you really have to question if continuous math really exists, and question the limits of human knowledge. Jun 2, 07
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