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Book on logic using Mma

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  • Subject: [mg7584] Book on logic using Mma
  • From: "Gregory J. Chaitin" <chaitin at>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 03:13:48 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

The following book is now available in LaTeX, postscript,
dvi & pdf from the Los Alamos e-print server at
and also at eleven other mirror sites around the globe including
For a complete list of mirror sites see
The Limits of Mathematics---
A course on information theory & the limits of formal reasoning
G. J. Chaitin (IBM Research)
(161 pages)
This book is the final version of a course on algorithmic information theory
and the epistemology of mathematics and physics. This is camera-ready copy
prepared for publication as a book, but at the last minute I decided to publish
it electronically instead. This book discusses Einstein and Godel's views on
the nature of mathematics in the light of information theory, and sustains the
thesis that mathematics is quasi-empirical. There is a foreword by Cris Calude
of the University of Auckland, and a remark on the back cover by John Casti of
the Santa Fe Institute. Supplementary material is available at the author's web
site---The frontispiece photograph is at, and the software not
included in the book is at

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