Francesco Berto. There's Something about Gödel. Malden, Mass., and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4051-9766-3 ; 978-1-4051-9767-0 . Pp. xx + 233. English translation of Tutti pazzi per Gödel! : Critical Studies/Book Reviews [Book Review]

Philosophia Mathematica 19 (3):367-369 (2011)

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Vann McGee
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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There's Something about Gödel is a bargain: two books in one. The first half is a gentle but rigorous introduction to the incompleteness theorems for the mathematically uninitiated. The second is a survey of the philosophical, psychological, and sociological consequences people have attempted to derive from the theorems, some of them quite fantastical.The first part, which stays close to Gödel's original proofs, strikes a nice balance, giving enough details that the reader understands what is going on in the proofs, without giving so many that the reader feels overburdened. Perhaps he skimps too much on details, as when he decides not to explain how to convert recursive definitions into explicit ones. Also, I wish he had talked about Löb's theorem. But these are small complaints.The second half discusses a sampling of what one reads about Gödel's theorems in philosophy journals and in the popular press, and here Berto often finds himself exasperated, especially by …
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