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FYI to the science guys

 

When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim Holt

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374538422

 

"From Jim Holt, the New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist?, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought.

Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.S. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction—and whether the universe truly has a future."

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I would be surprised if there were any of those left.  Only the hard-core supercomputer problem guys are still using Fortran.  Hydrodynamics, 3-d radiative transfer, large system N-body simulations, etc.

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There was a lot of COBOL still in use at the insurance company when they laid me off back in 2003, and I imagine that even after they got acquired that hasn't really changed.  I think it is the institution, not individuals, who are the addicts, though.

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