By Wayne Biddle
This illuminating tale of the sunrise of the gap age reaches again to the reactionary modernism of the 3rd Reich, utilizing the lifetime of “rocket scientist” Wernher von Braun as its narrative course during the crumbling of Weimar Germany and the increase of the Nazi regime. Von Braun, a blinkered opportunist who may observe merely tunnel imaginative and prescient to his meteoric occupation, stands as an archetype of myriad 20th century technologists who thrived lower than regimes of army secrecy and limitless funds. His seamless transformation from developer of the lethal V-2 ballistic missile for Hitler to an American big name because the meant genius in the back of the golden years of the U.S. area software within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties increases haunting questions about the tradition of the chilly battle, the shared values of know-how in totalitarian and democratic societies, and the imperatives of fabric development.
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48 R EBECCA G OLDSTEIN therefore, of the man himself. That his work, like Einstein's, has been interpreted as not only consistent with the revolt against objectivity but also as among its most compelling driving forces is then more than a little ironic. Einstein was fortunate in his last years to have a kindred philosophical spirit, even if one as unstable and fey as Godel, to soften the sense of exile. The words that Morgenstern quoted from Einstein, that in his last years he went to his Institute office only in order to have the privilege of walking home with Godel, become, in the subtleties of the metalight, less surprising.
The meaning of a proposition is given by the means of empirically verifying it (the verificationist criterion of meaning). " Only since Godel's field is mathematics, the "out yonder" in which he is interested is the domain of abstract reality. His commitment to the objective existence of mathematical reality is the view known as conceptual, or mathematical, realism. " Platonism is the view that the truths of mathematics are independent of any human activities, such as the construction 15 By descriptive proposition one means a proposition that is not just true (or false) by virtue of its meaning alone.
Almost all of our knowledge of Kurt Godel's earliest years, as sparse as it is, comes by way of his older brother Rudolf, who wrote a brief "History of the Godel Family," as well as from Rudolf's responses to queries from the logicians Hao Wang and John Dawson on the subject of his younger brother's childhood. (Rudolf was a physician who never married and remained in Austria. ) We learn from Rudolf that Kurt asked so many questions that his nickname was der Hen Warum, or Mr. Why. Little children, as anyone who has spent any significant amount of time with them knows, tend to push the "why" questions pretty hard.
Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race by Wayne Biddle