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Kurt Gödel (1906–1978) was born in Austria-Hungary (now the Czech Republic) and grew up in an ethnic German family. As a student, he excelled in languages and mathematics, mastering university-level math while still in high school. He received his doctorate from the University of Vienna at the age of 24 and, a year later, published the pioneering theorems on which his fame rests. In 1939, with the rise of Nazism, Gödel and his wife settled in the US, where he continued his groundbreaking work at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton and became a close friend of Albert Einstein’s.

In Simply GödelRichard Tieszen traces Gödel’s life and career, from his early years in tumultuous, culturally rich Vienna to his many brilliant achievements as a member of IAS, as well as his repeated battles with mental illness. In discussing Gödel’s ideas, Tieszen not only provides an accessible explanation of the incompleteness theorems, but explores some of his lesser known writings, including his thoughts on time travel and his proof of the existence of God.

With clarity and sympathy, Simply Gödel brings to life Gödel’s fascinating personal and intellectual journey and conveys the lasting impact of his work on our modern world.

©2017 Richard Tieszen (P)2018 Simply Charly

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  • Simon
  • 26-12-2020

difficult subject matter for audio

book makes a great start but fails to explain the definitions of Godels vocabulary in enough detail and clarity ...goes too fast for audio

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  • rezonville
  • 21-10-2020

A very worthwhile listen

The biographical parts of this are very interesting indeed. I find Gödel an attractive character. I understood next to nothing (I flatter myself) of the technical expositions. I listened to every word, frequently repeatedly, and I am none the wiser. However, I am very glad that I persevered, since I would otherwise not have the merest inkling of how unfathomably abstruse Gödels intellectual world was. The narration is masterly. Mr Zenobia makes listening to this book a real pleasure.

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  • huschen
  • 28-03-2019

Great Pleasure

Every minute of the book is enjoyable. Gödel is such a lovely character and his thinking is so beautiful.

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