The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel

Great Discoveries


Rebecca Goldstein (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

"A gem…An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought." —Steven Pinker

Probing the life and work of Kurt Gödel, Incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured genius whose vision rocked the stability of mathematical reasoning—and brought him to the edge of madness.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32760-1
  • 5.4 × 8 in / 224 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Gödel's torment and his genius. By the book's end, we understand well why Einstein would look forward to 'the privilege of walking home with Gödel,' and we can't help but wish that we'd been able to join them.” — Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos

“In this penetrating, accessible, and beautifully written book, Rebecca Goldstein explores not only the work of one of the greatest mathematicians but also the relation of the human mind to the world around it.” — Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams

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