[FOM] Did G?del's result come as a surprise to Bertrand Russell?

Charles Silver silver_1 at mindspring.com
Wed Mar 31 14:52:43 EDT 2010

	Please someone correct this approximate quote from Russell <<After  
the arduousness of finishing the Principia, I was afterwards not  
capable of serious mathematical thought>>.  I know my quotation from  
Russell is incorrect and could not find it on the net.

On Mar 30, 2010, at 12:47 PM, Irving wrote:

> Leon Henkin recorded that in response (letter to Bertrand Russell,
> March 26, 1963) to his [Henkin's] request for comments on his
> award-winning article “Are Logic and Mathematics Identical?", Science
> 38 (November 1962), pp. 788–794, Russell expressed the thought that
> Gödel's incompleteness theorems mean that 2 + 2 = 4.001 is permissible
> in "school-boy arithmetic".

> Irving H. Anellis
> Visiting Research Associate
> Peirce Edition, Institute for American Thought
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Charlie Silver

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