World Without Time
The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein
By (author) Palle Yourgrau
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World Without Time by Palle Yourgrau
Book DescriptionIn 1942, the logician Kurt Godel and Albert Einstein became close friends; they walked to and from their offices every day, exchanging ideas about science, philosophy, politics, and the lost world of German science. 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 but he could find no way to refute it, since then, neither has anyone else. Yet cosmologists and philosophers alike have proceeded as if this discovery was never made. In A World Without Time, Palle Yourgrau sets out to restore Godel to his rightful place in history, telling the story of two magnificent minds put on the shelf by the scientific fashions of their day, and attempts to rescue the brilliant work they did together.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465092949
(204mm x 135mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Palle Yourgrau
Simone Weil, Paperback (January 2011)
This book is an engaging presentation of the life and work of the legendary French philosopher, political activist and mystic Simone Weil. Palle Yourgrau assesses Weil's controversial critique of Judaism, and her radical re-imagination of Christianity; and analyses how Weil's personal struggles influenced her mature philosophy.
Godel Meets Einstein, Paperback (November 1999)
An introduction to Godel's ideas on cosmology, physics, maths, and their philosophical implications. By explaining "Godel universes", models he proposed to solve the field equations of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, the author shows what Godel's theory implies: time travel is possible.
Demonstratives, Paperback (July 1990)» View all books by Palle Yourgrau
This collection brings together an important set of previously published papers which seek to provide the correct semantic account of thoughts involving demonstratives.
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Author Biography - Palle Yourgrau
Palle Yourgrau is a Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University. His 1999 monograph Godel Meets Einstein, the only book-length work on Godel's cosmological ideas, has caused a resurgence of interest among philosophers in Godel's ideas about time and relativity. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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