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Exact thinking in demented times : the Vienna Circle and the epic quest for the foundations of science

Author: Karl Sigmund; Douglas R Hofstadter
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First United States editionView all editions and formats
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In post-World War I Vienna, some of the most brilliant minds of that generation came together to prove true or false the ideas that had supported math, physics, and philosophy since antiquity, but which were essentially assumptions. Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell's search for the foundations of mathematics, these young intellectuals sought to develop and propagate a worldview  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Sigmund; Douglas R Hofstadter
ISBN: 9780465096954 0465096956
OCLC Number: 982093619
Notes: "December 2017"--Title page verso.
Description: xviii, 449 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface / by Douglas Hofstadter --
Bringing the Vienna Circle into focus --
A tale of two thinkers --
A trial run for the Vienna Circle --
The circle starts rolling --
The turn of the circle --
The circle makes a name for itself --
Tangents --
The parallel circle --
The circle squeezed --
Moral matters --
The circle's end --
Circling the globe --
Fadeout --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Karl Sigmund.

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