When Einstein Walked with Godel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought

Category: Book
By (author): Holt, Jim
Subject:  MATHEMATICS / Essays
  PHILOSOPHY / Essays
  SCIENCE / Essays
  SCIENCE / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.32in
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From Jim Holt, theNew York Times bestselling author ofWhy Does the World Exist?, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries inWhen Einstein Walked withGödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought.

Does 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. 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 us 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.

Review Quote*"[A] fantastic essay collection [filled] with stories about eccentric geniuses and groundbreaking ideas at the intersection of science and philosophy . . . Holt delivers this feast of wild genius, oddball thinkers, and sheer creativity in his signature accessible style of writing and playful tone." -Publishers Weekly(starred review)
Biographical NoteJim Holt writes about math, science, and philosophy forThe New York Times,The New Yorker,TheWall Street Journal, andTheNew York Review of Books. HisWhy Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story was an international bestseller.