The Outer Limits of Reason

The Outer Limits of Reason

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What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell US

MIT Press, 2016, 428 Seiten, Format: 15,5x23x2,3 cm, Artikeltyp: Englisches Buch, ISBN-10: 026252984X, EAN: 9780262529846, Bestell-Nr: 26252984EA


Many books explain what is known about the universe. This book investigates what cannot be known. Rather than exploring the amazing facts that science, mathematics, and reason have revealed to us, this work studies what science, mathematics, and reason tell us cannot be revealed. In The Outer Limits of Reason, Noson Yanofsky considers what cannot be predicted, described, or known, and what will never be understood. He discusses the limitations of computers, physics, logic, and our own thought processes.Moving from the concrete to the abstract, from problems of everyday language to straightforward philosophical questions to the formalities of physics and mathematics, Yanofsky demonstrates a myriad of unsolvable problems and paradoxes. Exploring the various limitations of our knowledge, he shows that many of these limitations have a similar pattern and that by investigating these patterns, we can better understand the structure and limitations of reason itself.


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