A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines (Paperback) - Levin, Janna

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Kurt Godel's Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna's intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein's dominant philosophy. Alan Turing's mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another--both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400032402
SKU 204884753
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1400032407
Release Date 9/4/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
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Annotation Janna Levin, a professor of physics and astronomy at Columbia, uses a vaguely novelistic form to riff on the brilliant and slightly deranged lives of Alan Turing and Kurt Godel, those towering figures of modern logic. Biography and whimsy swirl together in this pastiche of scenes, thoughts, and ruminations related to the two great men--both of whom died in unorthodox suicides.
Editors Note Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another—both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.
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Number of Pages 0230
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