|Mein Gödel! I can walk!
(20 Dec 2005 at 10:58)
|Here is an amusing anecdote about Kurt Gödel—perhaps the greatest logician to ever live—at his citizenship hearing that I had never heard before. For maximum amusement, remember that Gödel was an extremely bizarre Austrian fellow who was morbidly afraid of refrigerator gases and being assassinated by other mathematicians [pic]. Think, say, Dr. Strangelove. Those of us wishing to be remembered as insane geniuses would do well to achieve like one tenth of what he did. |
|Alexander Hamilton tried to tell the founders that we needed to write the Consitution in a typesafe language, but everyone forgot about that until Red Ninja X's buffer overflow filibuster turned our Congress into a spam zombie. |
|Nobody likes a cranky formalist, Don.|
|So, Einstein became a U.S. Citizen?|
|Yup, like many German jews did. USA #1!!|
Gödel, Escher, Bach... ;-)
|The one and only!|
I was thinking of a book by Douglas R. Hofstadter, called "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid" (1979) - haven't you heard about it yet? It's worth to at least take a look at it!
|Sure, I know about it. I never read it since, by the time I got to college and my friends told me about it, I pretty much knew all the stuff in there. But I was just confirming that this is in fact the same Gödel.|
|Heh, I knew that story. Apparently, the Bush lineage knew that too.|
How can you know what's in a book without reading it?
|Funny anecdote, but they didn't finish the story. What was the loophole?|
|Kirima: My friends also told me what's in it. =)
Stephen: Perhaps it is better that some things go to the grave with Gödel. ;)
| I had that book once. I think it's the sole reason for Gödel being known to a somewhat wider public. I didn't get any of the mathematical stuff in there (but hey, I got F-grades for math). The stuff about Zen and Bach's fugas where cool. |
My studies at our Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale did NOT at all help to get any of the maths stuff, too - I just couldn't understand, didn't get it.
But I love the book anyway.
We should write a book called:
"Gödel, Murphy, Bush"
(If this is NOT funny at all, please, let me know!)
|I'm not sure even being in the same title with Gödel would make up for being in the same title with Bush. ;)|