Yearly Archives: 2006

On Opera

A number of collections of Bernard Williams’s papers have been put together posthumously. But surely the best has to be the latest, the newly published On Opera which collects together a number of pieces he wrote for various scattered occasions. … Continue reading

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Back to work: SOSOA

I have been mightily distracted from this blog by, first, trying to get the Gödel book into a state where it could go to CUP’s proof-reader and then, second, by the beginning of term. But the book is off, and … Continue reading

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Indexing woes

Indexing a book is no fun. None at all. Yet it can be so annoying when a book has a perfunctory index that I feel compelled to try to do the job decently. You can only work on so many … Continue reading

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Coffee Time in Memphis

Passing the CUP bookshop, I couldn’t resist picking up a copy of Béla Bollobás’ brand new The Art of Mathematics: Coffee Time in Memphis — no less than 157 mathematical problems and their solutions, problems (he says) of the kind … Continue reading

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Passing it on

I’ve just put another full draft of the Gödel book online. There’s an amount of work still to be done (in particular, I’ve yet to take account of some comments I’ve had on the last chapter); but things are progressing … Continue reading

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And another update

A revised version of Chapters 1 to 26 is now on-line. Next, the two chapters which probably need the most work/thought, so off to the Moore library again to minimize distractions.

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Another Gödel update

I’ve been wrestling with that loose and baggy chapter which needed carving into two. Annoying that what should have been a simple task took so long, but I think I’ve cracked it. So the latest version of what are now … Continue reading

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Bad news for trees …

… but very good news for me! CUP have just agreed definitely to publish my Gödel book, having had a very positive “clearance review” from an obviously Very Wise Reader with Impeccable Logical Judgement. It just remains to continue working … Continue reading

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Joined up thinking and noisy cafés

Jacob Plotkin has e-mailed to point out a stupid mistake just five pages into the previous version(s) of the Gödel book. I’d given a really, really bad reason for saying (what is true) that the incompleteness of arithmetic entails the … Continue reading

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How to make life difficult for yourself

A posting on philos-l, on corner quotes: Choose a common font such as Arial. You’ll find a good enough corner there somewhere. Copy the symbol you want so you have it on the clipboard, then paste it into a Word … Continue reading

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