Godel

Randall Munroe has a solution to Gödel’s incompleteness theorem, and to self-referential puzzlement in general.

First, John von Neumann’s profound take on Gödel’s result:

It was a very serious conceptual crisis, dealing with rigor and the proper way to carry out a correct mathematical proof. In view of the earlier notions of the absolute rigor of mathematics, it is surprising that such a thing could have happened, and even more surprising that it could have happened in these latter days when miracles are not supposed to take place. Yet it did happen.

And Randall’s slightly more pithy (but no less profound) version:

Cartoon about incompleteness theorem

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