Amazon Book Description
- Albert Einstein, whose Theory of Relativity had made him the most famous scientist in the world, remarked towards the end of his career that he only went in to his office at Princeton 'just to have the privilege of walking home with Kurt Godel'.
- He and Godel had both fled Europe and the clutches of Nazism and had found rare solace in each other's company in foreign exile. They argued as equals and reinspired their respective interests in pure mathematics and physics.
- Godel's 'Incompleteness Theorem' had been described at Harvard as the 'most significant mathematical result of the century'. He was one of the few people to understand the philosophical implications of Einstein's theories of the universe - and would later honour Einstein's seventieth birthday by addressing his theories directly, proving time to be an1 ideal.
- This extraordinary friendship is one of the most remarkable of the twentieth century, all the more so for remaining so unremarked.
- One of Amazon’s “Customer Reviewers” thinks that Yourgrau doesn’t understand the physics or the mathematics, that Godel’s universe is not ours, and that both Einstein and Godel were both past it by the time they interacted, and interest in their thoughts on the topic of this book trades on their fame rightly accruing to the work of their youth.
- He may be right on all counts (though some respondents disagree with some of these claims). We’ll see.
- But it’s most likely true that Yourgrau has made something of a meal (his meal ticket) on this topic. Three books.
In-Page Footnotes ("Yourgrau (Palle) - A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein")
- This sounds like a publisher’s misunderstanding.
- Godel argued for the unreality of time, so he may have (attempted to) prove that time is ideal (not “an ideal”).
Allen Lane (7 April 2005)
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