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A dazzling group biography of the early 20th-century thinkers who transformed the way the world thought about math and science.

Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert's pursuit of the fundamental rules of mathematics, some of the most brilliant minds of the generation came together in post-World War I Vienna to present the latest theories in mathematics, science, and philosophy and to build a strong foundation for scientific investigation. Composed of such luminaries as Kurt Gödel and Rudolf Carnap, and stimulated by the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper, the Vienna Circle left an indelible mark on science.  

Exact Thinking in Demented Times tells the often outrageous, sometimes tragic, and never boring stories of the men who transformed scientific thought. A revealing work of history, this landmark book pays tribute to those who dared to reinvent knowledge from the ground up.

©2017 Karl Sigmund (P)2018 Tantor

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Historical narrative, with physics and despair.

Ausgezeichnet!! This was a compelling, insightful, and even humorous historical narrative about an amazing group of minds assembled at a time of both great progress and widespread insanity. Although I had put together a vague concept of it, I not ever comprehended the scope and ramifications of the Vienna Circle. From the inner circle with Schlick, Carnap, Hahn, Neurath et al, to Wittgenstein, Popper, and Gödel at the outskirts, to Einstein, Russell, and Freud circling around the periphery, the details concerning the personalities and the interactions of brilliant minds is riveting. The drama and irony of these great and ostensibly logical thinkers being essentially overwhelmed by the relentless and progressive chaos developing in Europe in the early 20th century is both fascinating and disturbing. A little taste of the relevant physics, math, philosophy, economics, and psychology is mixed in when appropriate, but is never overly taxing. The narration by Mr. Patterson is flawless. I have almost no time for actual book reading at this time in my life and have just discovered how much is still available to me through audiobooks. This is the best of them, for me, so far. Vielen dank, Herr Doktor Sigmund.

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Appears to be broken

The file cuts off after chapter 7, was very good until then. Trying to fix or return now, hope it can be repaired.