Exact Thinking in Demented Times

The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science

by Karl Sigmund,

Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science
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  • 9780465096954
  • 9780465096961
A dazzling group biography of the early twentieth-century thinkers who transformed the way the world thought about math and science

Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert's pursuit of the fundamental rules of mathematics, some of the most brilliant minds of the generation came together in post-World War I Vienna to present the latest theories in mathematics, science, and philosophy and to build a strong foundation for scientific investigation. Composed of such luminaries as Kurt G?del and Rudolf Carnap, and stimulated by the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper, the Vienna Circle left an indelible mark on science.

Exact Thinking in Demented Times tells the often outrageous, sometimes tragic, and never boring stories of the men who transformed scientific thought. A revealing work of history, this landmark book pays tribute to those who dared to reinvent knowledge from the ground up.

  • Basic Books; December 2017
  • ISBN 9780465096961
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  • Title: Exact Thinking in Demented Times
  • Author: Karl Sigmund; Douglas Hofstadter (other)
  • Imprint: Basic Books
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  • 9780465096961

In The Press

"Karl Sigmund's rich account of the Vienna Circle teems with insights into the thinking its leading lights, which included some of the most important philosophers and scientists of the 1920s and 30s. A superb book, so replete with inter-disciplinary delights that it will make its readers feel like polymaths."
---Graham Farmelo, Fellow at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge and author of The Strangest Man

About The Author

Karl Sigmund is a professor of mathematics at the University of Vienna. One of the pioneers of evolutionary game theory, he lives in Vienna.

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  • 9780465096954
  • 9780465096961