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Infinity and the Mind

(1982)
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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. Here Rucker acquaints us with Gödel'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. His personal encounters with Gödel the mathematician and philosopher provide a rare glimpse at genius and reveal what very few mathematicians have dared to admit: the transcendent implications of Platonic realism.



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May 1982 : Hardback
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Title: Infinity and the Mind
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 3764330341 / 978-3764330347
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July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite (Princeton Science Library)
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 0-691-19138-7 / 978-0-691-19138-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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2008 : Paperback
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Title: Infinity and the Mind
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 8122421105 / 978-8122421101
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November 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite (Princeton Science Library)
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 0-691-12127-3 / 978-0-691-12127-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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May 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Infinity And the Mind: The Science And Philosophy of the Infinite (Penguin science)
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 0-14-026295-4 / 978-0-14-026295-7 (UK edition)
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May 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Infinity and the Mind
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 0-691-00172-3 / 978-0-691-00172-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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November 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Infinity and the Mind
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 0-553-25531-2 / 978-0-553-25531-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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June 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite
Author(s): Rudolf V B Rucker
ISBN: 0-586-08465-7 / 978-0-586-08465-6 (UK edition)
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December 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Infinity and the Mind
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 0-553-23433-1 / 978-0-553-23433-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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December 1983 : Paperback

Title: Infinity and the Mind
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 9995481359 / 978-9995481353
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July 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite (Princeton Science Library Book 26)
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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