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Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic

By Anita Burdman Feferman, Solomon Feferman
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2008
Year
English
Language
Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Alfred Tarski, one of the greatest logicians of all time, is widely thought of as 'the man who defined truth'. His work on the concepts of truth and logical consequence are cornerstones of modern logic, influencing developments in mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science. Tarski was a charismatic teacher and zealous promoter of his view of logic as the foundation of all rational thought, a bon vivant and a womanizer, who played the 'great man' to the hilt. A fortuitous trip to the United States at the outbreak of World War II saved his life and turned his career around, even while it separated him from his family for years. From the cafés of Warsaw and Vienna to the mountains and deserts of California, this first full-length biography places Tarski in the social, intellectual, and historical context of his times and presents a frank, vivid picture of a personally and professionally passionate man - interlaced with an account of his major scientific achievements. The first book-length biography of the great logician Alfred Tarski based on first-hand knowledge and original sources It places Tarski within his historical, social and intellectual context, contrasting the first half of his life in Poland with the second half in the U.S. Includes Tarski's main achievements in logic, set theory and algeraic logic and how and why they have become important in many fields. Many photograph

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