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When Einstein walked with Gödel : excursions to the edge of thought

Author: Jim Holt; David Stifel
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Macmillan Audio, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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From Jim Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist?, comes When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought, an entertaining and accessible audiobook guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuriesDoes time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
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Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Holt; David Stifel
ISBN: 9781427296726 1427296723
OCLC Number: 1035846610
Performer(s): Read by David Stifel.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (15 hr., 26 min., 11 sec.)) : digital
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Jim Holt.

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From Jim Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist?, comes When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought, an entertaining and accessible audiobook guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuriesDoes time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who've tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. In this audiobook, Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites listeners to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.S. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction--and whether the universe truly has a future.

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