Mathematicians Mystery and Madness

“Dangerous Knowledge” explores the work of men that perused fundamental questions about the mathematical underpinnings of reality. But their pursuit of this knowledge led them to something profound and ultimately maddening. Mathematics and our understanding of it reassures us of the certainty and logic we look to in order to understand our world.  Men like Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing;  saw something much different in their work, but what did they see? What did these men discover in their mathematic equations that drove them to insanity? Was it a pattern lurking  just beneath our carefully crafted consensus reality or was it perhaps a base code of some kind that mathematically defines the true nature of existence? “The film begins with Georg Cantor, the great mathematician whose work proved to be the foundation for much of the 20th-century mathematics. He believed he was God’s messenger and was eventually driven insane trying to prove his theories of infinity. Ludwig Boltzmann’s struggle to prove the existence of atoms and probability eventually drove him to suicide. Kurt Gödel, the introverted confidant of Einstein, proved that there would always be problems which were outside human logic. His life ended in a sanatorium where he starved himself to death. Finally, Alan Turing, the great Bletchley Park code breaker, father of computer science, died trying to prove that some things are fundamentally un-provable. Source: BBC

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