*Infinity
And The Mind*

_Infinity and the Mind : The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite_ (Princeton Science Library)

by Rudy Rucker

Paperback - 342 pages (May 1995)

Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691001723 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.03 x 9.24 x 6.12

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 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 Godel's incompleteness theorems. His personal encounters
with Godel 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. 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 Gdel'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.