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Emil Post and his Anticipation of Goedel and Turing

by John Stillwell (University of San Francisco)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
February, 2004

Subject classification(s): Logic and Foundations | Logic | Mathematics History | Biographies of Mathematicians
Applicable Course(s): 4.6 Logic/Foundations | 4.8 History of Math | 4.10 Math for High School Teachers

The author discusses Emil Post`s life and ideas about incompletness and insolvability which later became famous with Goedel and Turing`s work, and the differences between Post and Goedel.

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