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Author:  Janna Levin
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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines Levin, Janna                             1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1400032407
ISBN-13: 9781400032402
Sku: 204884753
Publish Date: 9/4/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  230
Age Range:  NA
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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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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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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.
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