On Logic, Language and Numbers: Sanford Shieh Discusses Gottlob Frege's Enduring Mathematical Legacy

Q: You are one of the very few people today who knew John von Neumann on a personal and professional level. How did the two of you first meet? A: I arrived with my family in the US in December ’41; I was 15 years old. I had already shown interest and talent by solving elementary but difficult mathematical problems….

On Logic, Language and Numbers: Sanford Shieh Discusses Gottlob Frege's Enduring Mathematical Legacy

Q: Alan Turing is often credited as being the “father of the computer.” But the English mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage had conceived and designed the first mechanical computer back in the 19th century that eventually led to more complex designs. What is your view regarding this? A: Babbage famously said that his “analytic engine” could do anything except compose country dances,…

On Logic, Language and Numbers: Sanford Shieh Discusses Gottlob Frege's Enduring Mathematical Legacy

Q: You’re a critically acclaimed novelist and a professor of English at the University of Florida. What prompted you to write a book on an obscure mathematician by the name of Alan Turing covering such arcane topics as Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems, recursion theory, Church’s lambda calculus, etc.? Do you have a mathematical background? A: My mathematical education ended with high…

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