CHAPTER 6

Gödel Upsets the Applecart

In the fall of 1952, shortly after my wife Virginia and I had arrived in Princeton for a two-year stay at the Institute for Advanced Study, we were driving down “Olden Lane” approaching the Institute when we found our way blocked by an odd pair walking slowly in front of our car. The taller man was quite unkempt while the other was immaculately dressed in a business suit and carried a briefcase. As I cautiously passed them, we could see that the walkers were Albert Einstein and Kurt Gödel. “Einstein and his lawyer,” Virginia quipped.

It was not only in their dress that these good friends differed. After the 1952 presidential election, Einstein declared, “Gödel has gone completely crazy … He voted for Eisenhower.” ...

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