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

Author: Palle Yourgrau
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2005] ©2005
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First EditionView all editions and formats
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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...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Albert Einstein; Kurt Gödel; Albert Einstein; Kurt Gödel
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Palle Yourgrau
ISBN: 0465092934 9780465092932
OCLC Number: 57409669
Description: viii, 210 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 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.

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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.
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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.

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