Stephen Budiansky: Journey to the Edge of Reason (Paperback, 2022, W. W. Norton & Company) No rating

Nearly a hundred years after its publication, Kurt Gödel's famous proof that every mathematical system …

Kreisel once asked Gödel why, since both he and Adele so obviously enjoyed being hospitable and having friends to visit, they did not have people over more often. Gödel replied that he “had noticed that most people showed more excitement in company than they felt, and he found this very tiring.” (“Clearly,” observed Kreisel, “at times he needed very few data to reach, painlessly, a very sound conclusion.”)

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