Proven Impossible: Elementary Proofs of Profound Impossibility from Arrow, Bell, Chaitin, Gödel, Turing and More (Paperback)

Proven Impossible: Elementary Proofs of Profound Impossibility from Arrow, Bell, Chaitin, Gödel, Turing and More By Dan Gusfield Cover Image

Proven Impossible: Elementary Proofs of Profound Impossibility from Arrow, Bell, Chaitin, Gödel, Turing and More (Paperback)

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In mathematics, it simply is not true that 'you can't prove a negative'. Many revolutionary impossibility theorems reveal profound properties of logic, computation, fairness and the universe, and form the mathematical background of new technologies and Nobel prizes. But to fully appreciate these theorems and their impact on mathematics and beyond, you must understand their proofs. This book is the first to present these proofs for a broad, lay audience. It fully develops the simplest rigorous proofs found in the literature, reworked to contain less jargon and notation, and more background, intuition, examples, explanations, and exercises. Amazingly, all of the proofs in this book involve only arithmetic and basic logic - and are elementary, starting only from first principles and definitions. Very little background knowledge is required, and no specialized mathematical training - all you need is the discipline to follow logical arguments and a pen in your hand.
Product Details ISBN: 9781009349499
ISBN-10: 100934949X
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: January 18th, 2024
Pages: 270
Language: English