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When Einstein Walked with Gödel

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CourseGraphic This study group will read a series of essays by science writer, Jim Holt, in which he explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who have tried to encompass the latter with the former. In a brisk, amusing and understandable way Holt explores the depth, power and sheer beauty of idea such as Einstein’s relativity, quantum mechanics, group theory, infinity, Turing’s theory of computability, Gödel’s incompleteness theorems, prime numbers, topology, higher dimensions, fractals, statistical regression, the theory of truth, and other profound intellectual achievements. Holt makes these ideas come alive with interesting anecdotes about their originators, many of whom led highly dramatic lives often with elements of absurdity and tragic endings. The essays encompass an underlying philosophical theme. In Holt’s own words, “The ideas they present all bear crucially on our most general conception of the world (metaphysics), on how we come to attain and justify our knowledge (epistemology) and even on how we conduct our lives (ethics).” Our text for the study group will be When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim Holt (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018).

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Steven Barrigar2.Dick DuFour 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/5/2019 - 6/4/2019 Weekly - Tue 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Dick DuFour  ; Steven Barrigar  ClassRoom