Between Vienna and Berlin: The Immediate Reception of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems
What were the earliest reactions to Gödel’s incompleteness theorems? After a brief summary of previous work in this area, this chapter describes, using unpublished archival material, the first reactions in Vienna and Berlin to Gödel’s groundbreaking results. In particular, it look at how Carnap, Hempel, von Neumann, Kaufmann, and Chwistek, among others, dealt with the new results. The chapter also contains interesting information on Carnap’s and von Neumann’s reaction to the results and how they appraised its impact on the viability, or lack thereof, of Hilbert’s program.
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