Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Godel is such a pain in the ass

One of the staples of college mathematics (and philosophy) is Godel's statement "I am a liar". If he's telling the truth, then he's a liar. But if he's a liar, then he can't tell the truth. See the conundrum? This statement right here almost caused the demise of modern mathematics. So when my new favorite comic strip xkcd published this this morning, I could appreciate.