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Kurt Gdel Kurt Gdel was born on 28 April 1906 in Brnn Austria-Hungary which is now Brno Czech Republic He went to school in Brnn He completed his studies in 1923 Rudolf Gdel Kurts brother once said Even in High School my brother was somewhat more one-sided than me and to the astonishment of his teachers and fellow pupils had mastered university mathematics by his final Gymnasium years Mathematics and languages ranked well above literature and history At the time it was rumored that in the whole of his time at High School not only was his work in Latin always given the top marks but that he had made not a single grammatical error Kurt attended the University of Vienna in 1923 His teachers were Furtwngler Hahn Wirtinger Menger Helly and a few others Kurt completed his doctoral thesis with Hahns help in 1929 and then became a member of the University faculty in 1930 Kurt Gdel is best known for his proof of his Gdels Incompleteness theorems He proved results about axiomatic systems in any axiomatic mathematical system that there are propositions that cant be proved or disapproved With this proof ended a hundred years of research and showed that mathematics is not a finished object and could still be researched In 1933 Hitler came to power and at first it did not affect Gdels life in Vienna Gdel was not involved with politics But after he had heard about the death of his teacher Schlick whose seminar had aroused his own interest in logic he had his first breakdown His brother Rudolf wrote This event was surely the reason why my brother went through a severe nervous crisis for some time which was of course of great concern above all for my mother Soon after his recovery he received the first call to a Guest Professorship in the USA Gdel moved to the United States in 1940
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