I just watched a science show that had a segment on Gödel, Austrian mathemagician, whose work today is considered as the basis for von Neumann’s and Turing’s work, thus he’s the one who made all this computer greatness we’re using each and every day possible. His 100th birthday would have been a few das ago, so there are a whole bunch of festivities and exhibitions going on at the moment. The most prominent one is hosted by the main library of the University of Vienna, but there’s also quite a good online-exhibition.
You also might want to check out the amazing book by Douglas R. Hofstadter, “Gödel, Escher, Bach”, which explores the similarities of the works of these three.
Now, the real reason I’m writing about all this, because undoubtedly some of you may be questioning my sanity, considering that I’ve always been mathematic’s greatest foe, is that during that segment they were playing Tool’s song “Triad” from their album “Lateralus”.
Which fits in nicely with my “Tool Appreciation Week”, a festivity I’ve just made up in order to justify yet another posting in which I’m talking about Tool.
Now there’s an anti-climax for you.