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Kurt Gödel: from loopholes and dictators to the incompleteness theorems
12.07.2021 Mark Colyvan
Mathematics
Kurt Gödel

The recent events surrounding Donald Trump’s first few weeks in the White House have left many wondering how a political outsider can become president of the United States.

Does Trump’s rapid rise to the presidency mark a change in how election campaigns will be conducted? Is it possible to have a president who does not believe in the traditional conventions of governance and democracy? Could the United States even end up with a dictator?

The last of these questions is particularly interesting. Answering it would involve a careful study of the US constitution which, according to legend, was done by the great Austrian mathematician and logician Kurt Gödel.

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