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“Horizons of Truth” — Honoring the Achievements of Kurt G
ödel

This multifaceted program organized under the title “Horizons of Truth” was established by a philanthropic organization to commemorate the life, work, and foundational views of Kurt Gödel 100 years after his birth. The program included a three-day international symposium held at the University of Vienna and development of a subsequent edited volume.

Ellipsis worked with the Kurt Gödel Society, the University of Vienna, and other organizers to assist with development of the symposium content and to manage the editorial development of the resulting book, Kurt Gödel and the Foundations of Mathematics: Horizons of Truth. The book explores current research, advances, and ideas for future directions not only in the foundations of mathematics and logic, but also in computer science, theology, and other fields. The discussion is supplemented by personal reflections from several scholars who knew Gödel personally, providing some interesting insights into his life.
 
This 
book explores current research, advances, and ideas for future directions not only in the foundations of mathematics and logic, but also in computer science, theology, and other fields. The discussion is supplemented by personal reflections from several scholars who knew Gödel personally, providing some interesting insights into his life. The book was published by Cambridge University Press (NY) in 2011.

The book was completed as part of a multifaceted program commemorating the life, work, and foundational views of Kurt Gödel 100 years after his birth. The program included a three-day international symposium held at the University of Vienna and subsequent development of this edited volume. Ellipsis worked with the Kurt Gödel Society, the University of Vienna, and other organizers to assist with development of the symposium content and to manage the editorial development of the resulting book. 

Highlights

Ellipsis helped organize and manage the content of the “Horizons of Truth” symposium, held in Vienna, Austria. Following the conference, we managed the editorial development of the resulting book, which was published by Cambridge University Press (NY) in 2011. In addition, Ellipsis administered the $230,000 book-development grant for the funding organization, the John Templeton Foundation. 

Details

Symposium Planning and Management

 Book Development and Editing 

  • Assisted the volume editors in the development of this 21-author book, providing book-development, editorial, and administrative guidance and support.
  • Created the book proposal, secured a publisher (Cambridge University Press, NY), and served as the primary liaison between the publisher, volume editors, and authors.
  • Developed author guidelines, created writing templates in Word and LaTeX, managed the flow of chapter drafts, and secured permissions.
  • Copyedited chapters, compiled the front matter, and prepared the content in Word and LaTeX files for submission to the publisher.

 Grant Management and Reporting

  • Issued payments and tracked finances.
  • Submitted grant reports according to the funding organization’s requirements.

People

Ellipsis was privileged to work with the following people on this project:

  • Matthias Baaz, Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, Vienna University of Technology, and Kurt Gödel Society — Conference organizer and volume editor
  • Christos H. Papadimitriou, Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley — Conference speaker, volume editor, and chapter author
  • Dana S. Scott, Department of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University — Conference speaker and volume editor
  • Hilary Putnam, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University — Conference speaker, volume editor, and chapter author
  • Charles L. Harper, Jr., Vision-Five.com Consulting (formerly of the John Templeton Foundation) — Program developer and volume editor
  • John D. Barrow, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Paul J. Cohen, Department of Mathematics, Stanford University — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • B. Jack Copeland, Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Solomon Feferman, Departments of Mathematics and Philosophy, Stanford University — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Harvey M. Friedman, Department of Mathematics, The Ohio State University — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Middlesex University Business School and Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Petr Hájek, Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Garry Kasparov, Kasparov Foundation, Moscow — Conference speaker
  • Juliette C. Kennedy, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Helsinki — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Ulrich Kohlenbach, Department of Mathematics, Technische Universität Darmstadt — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Georg Kreisel, Department of Mathematics, Stanford University — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Angus Macintyre, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Department of Mathematics, University of Torino — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Roger Penrose, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, and Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, Pennsylvania State University — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Wolfgang Rindler, Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Dallas — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Karl Sigmund, Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna — Chapter author
  • Karl Svozil, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Vienna University of Technology — Chapter author
  • Gaisi Takeuti, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign — Conference speaker honorary chair and Foreword author
  • Denys A. Turner, Yale Divinity School — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • Andrei Voronkov, University of Manchester, Oxford — Conference speaker
  • Avi Wigderson, School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton — Conference speaker and chapter author
  • W. Hugh Woodin, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley — Conference speaker and chapter author
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