[FOM] Godel's First Incompleteness Theorem as it possibly relates to Physics
Walter Read
read at csufresno.edu
Fri Oct 10 20:59:42 EDT 2008
Many physicists, notably Hawking and Dyson, have doubts about a TOE for just this reason.
Franzen's book on incompleteness has a discussion of this topic. Note that 1st
incompleteness only guarantees incompleteness for the arithmetical component of the
theory.
-Walt
Walt Read
Computer Science, MS ST 109
CSU, Fresno
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----- Original Message -----
From: Brian Hart <hart.bri at gmail.com>
Date: Friday, October 10, 2008 2:35 pm
Subject: [FOM] Godel's First Incompleteness Theorem as it possibly relates to Physics
To: fom at cs.nyu.edu
> Why doesn't Godel's 1st Incompleteness Theorem imply the
> incompleteness of any theory of physics T, assuming that T is
> consistent and uses arithmetic? Shouldn't the constructors of the
> Theory of Everything be alarmed? I know this suggestion of
> application of Godel's theorem was made decades ago but why didn't it
> make a bigger impact? Is it because it is wrong or were there some
> sociological reasons for mainstream ignorance of it?
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