Who was Kurt Gödel
Kurt Gödel is above all the greatest logician of all time, who fundamentally deepened the connection between logic and the foundations of mathematics. “IT guys” call him the father of programming languages. His contribution to logic is of similar importance as Mendel's contribution to genetics.
Gödel was born in Brno in 1906, but soon he moved to Vienna where he spent two decades and achieved his career pinnacle. He spent the rest of his life at Princeton in the USA, partly alongside his friend Albert Einstein.
He enriched Einstein’s theory of relativity by finding new solutions to his equations that, among other things, allow thinking about time loops (a return to your own past)
His two famous incompleteness theorems published in 1931 answer the questions related to the limits of mechanical processes, the uncontroversial nature of mathematical theories, and the relationship between the truth and its proof.More about Kurt Godel
28 April 1906
Mariana and Rudolf Gödel, a wealthy German couple from Brno, had their second son, Kurt
The Gödel family bought a villa at Pellicova 8a.
Gödel’s father died. After his funeral, Kurt never returned to Brno. At that time he was already living in Vienna.
In 1930, at the Café-Reichsrat, talking to Rudolf Carnap, Kurt Gödel informally announced his first incompleteness... show full text
He made his first trip to America to give lectures on the discovery of incompleteness at the Institute for Advanced Study in... show full text
Kurt Gödel was identified as a Jew by the Nazis in Vienna, even though he came from a "traditional" German family... show full text
He became an American citizen. He was well received by the local academic community, and Albert Einstein became his neighbour and close friend.
After Einstein's death and with his other friends passing away, Gödel became increasingly solitary reclusive. Although his... show full text
His lifelong anxiety and paranoia escalated, resulting in a fear of poisoning and he almost stopped eating. After a brief hospitalization... show full text
It was only in 2019 that a street was named after him in Brno. Actually a street without a single entrance.
He had a 30-second cameo appearance in the narrative film Oppenheimer (2023) by Christopher Nolan.
What you do not know about Kurt
- Back home, they used to call him “Mr WHY
- He spent his childhood near Pekařská and Pellicova streets. The alley from Studánka Park to the Brno Municipal Office is named after him today.
- Kurt's dad was one of the first owners of a Chrysler car in Brno. His skills and diligence helped him to work his way up to the position of the director and later the co-owner of the Friedrich Redlich textile factory.
- There was only one error in Kurt’s first maths exercise book.
- He was identified as a Jew by the Nazis, even though his family was of purely German origin.
- It took Kurt Gödel and his wife three months to emigrate – by the Trans-Siberian express via Japan to San Francisco.
- Due to delaying treatment for a duodenal ulcer, his life got in danger in the 1940s and he had to have a blood transfusion, a novelty at the time.
- On the occasion of receiving the Albert Einstein Award in 1951, he was described as the greatest logician since Aristotle.
- He believed that mathematical truths exist independently of their discoverers.
- He wrote his notes in Gabelsberger shorthand, not for secrecy but to save time and because he was fond of brevity.
- He discovered that Einstein's equations allowed for the possibility of time travel into the past.
- He was a solitary genius who trusted only his wife at the end of his life.
- Celoživotní úzkost a paranoia se stupňovaly a vyústily ve strach z otravy. Přestal téměř jíst. Podvýživa se mu také v roce 1978 stala smrtelnou.|trans