skip to content
A world without time : the forgotten legacy of Gödel and Einstein Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

A world without time : the forgotten legacy of Gödel and Einstein

Author: Palle Yourgrau
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
It is a widely known but little considered fact that Albert Einstein and Kurt Godel were best friends for the last decade and a half of Einstein's life. The two walked home together from Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study every day; they shared ideas about physics, philosophy, politics, and the lost world of German science in which they had grown up. By 1949, Godel had produced a remarkable proof: In any  Read more...
Rating:

based on 2 rating(s) 1 with a review

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Named Person: Albert Einstein; Kurt Gödel
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Palle Yourgrau
ISBN: 0465092934 9780465092932
OCLC Number: 57409669
Description: viii, 210 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: A conspiracy of silence --
A German bias for metaphysics --
Vienna: logical circles --
A spy in the house of logic --
It's hard to leave Vienna --
Amid the demigods --
The scandal of big "T" and little "t" --
Twilight of the gods --
In what sense is Gödel (or anyone else) a philosopher?
Responsibility: Palle Yourgrau.
More information:

Abstract:

It is a widely known but little considered fact that Albert Einstein and Kurt Godel were best friends for the last decade and a half of Einstein's life. The two walked home together from Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study every day; they shared ideas about physics, philosophy, politics, and the lost world of German science in which they had grown up. By 1949, Godel had produced a remarkable proof: In any universe described by the Theory of Relativity, time cannot exist. Einstein endorsed this result-reluctantly, since it decisively overthrew the classical world-view to which he was committed. But he could find no way to refute it, and in the half-century since then, neither has anyone else. Even more remarkable than this stunning discovery, however, was what happened afterward: nothing. Cosmologists and philosophers alike have proceeded with their work as if Godel's proof never existed-one of the greatest scandals of modern intellectual history. A World without Time is a sweeping, ambitious book, and yet poignant and intimate. It tells the story of two magnificent minds put on the shelf by the scientific fashions of their day, and attempts to rescue from undeserved obscurity the brilliant work they did together.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews

WorldCat User Reviews (1)

A World Without Time

by SJHage (WorldCat user published 2008-11-19) Excellent Permalink

Reviewed by: Stephen J. Hage

Two of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers, Kurt Gödel and Albert Einstein became friends in 1942.   This book describes how intimate that friendship was and how they influenced each other's thinking.

For people interested in...
Read more...  Read more...

  • Was this review helpful to you?
  •   
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

All user tags (4)

View most popular tags as: tag list | tag cloud

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/57409669>
library:oclcnum"57409669"
library:placeOfPublication
library:placeOfPublication
owl:sameAs<info:oclcnum/57409669>
rdf:typeschema:Book
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:bookEdition"1st ed."
schema:copyrightYear"2005"
schema:creator
schema:datePublished"2005"
schema:description"It is a widely known but little considered fact that Albert Einstein and Kurt Godel were best friends for the last decade and a half of Einstein's life. The two walked home together from Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study every day; they shared ideas about physics, philosophy, politics, and the lost world of German science in which they had grown up. By 1949, Godel had produced a remarkable proof: In any universe described by the Theory of Relativity, time cannot exist. Einstein endorsed this result-reluctantly, since it decisively overthrew the classical world-view to which he was committed. But he could find no way to refute it, and in the half-century since then, neither has anyone else. Even more remarkable than this stunning discovery, however, was what happened afterward: nothing. Cosmologists and philosophers alike have proceeded with their work as if Godel's proof never existed-one of the greatest scandals of modern intellectual history. A World without Time is a sweeping, ambitious book, and yet poignant and intimate. It tells the story of two magnificent minds put on the shelf by the scientific fashions of their day, and attempts to rescue from undeserved obscurity the brilliant work they did together."@en
schema:description"A conspiracy of silence -- A German bias for metaphysics -- Vienna: logical circles -- A spy in the house of logic -- It's hard to leave Vienna -- Amid the demigods -- The scandal of big "T" and little "t" -- Twilight of the gods -- In what sense is Gödel (or anyone else) a philosopher?"@en
schema:exampleOfWork<http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/63142162>
schema:genre"History"@en
schema:inLanguage"en"
schema:name"A world without time : the forgotten legacy of Gödel and Einstein"@en
schema:numberOfPages"210"
schema:publisher
schema:url
schema:workExample

Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.