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Author Rucker, Rudy v. B. (Rudy von Bitter), 1946- author

Title Infinity and the mind : the science and philosophy of the infinite / Rudy Rucker
Edition 2005 edition
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 342 pages) : illustrations
Series Princeton science library
Princeton science library.
Contents Infinity -- All the numbers -- The unnameable -- Robots and souls -- The one and the many -- The transfinite cardinals -- Gödel's incompleteness theorems
Summary Publisher description: In Infinity and the Mind, Rudy Rucker leads an excursion to that stretch of the universe he calls the "Mindscape," where he explores infinity in all its forms: potential and actual, mathematical and physical, theological and mundane. Rucker acquaints us with Godel's rotating universe, in which it is theoretically possible to travel into the past, and explains an interpretation of quantum mechanics in which billions of parallel worlds are produced every microsecond. It is in the realm of infinity, he maintains, that mathematics, science, and logic merge with the fantastic. By closely examining the paradoxes that arise from this merging, we can learn a great deal about the human mind, its powers, and its limitations. Using cartoons, puzzles, and quotations to enliven his text, Rucker guides us through such topics as the paradoxes of set theory, the possibilities of physical infinities, and the results of Gödel's incompleteness theorems
Notes Originally published: Boston : Birkhäuser, 1982
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Infinite.
Logic, Symbolic and mathematical.
Set theory.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400849047 (electronic bk.)
9781400849048 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Science and philosophy of the infinite