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Alfred Tarski

Alfred TarskiAKA Alfred Teitelbaum

Born: 14-Jan-1902
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: 26-Oct-1983
Location of death: Berkeley, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician, Philosopher

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Tarski's indefinability theorem

Military service: Polish Army (1917, 1920)

"You will not find in semantics any remedy for decayed teeth or illusions of grandeur or class conflict."

Great Polish mathematician, theorized that arithmetic truth cannot be defined in purely arithmetical terms. Perhaps the truths of arithmetic may be ascertained, however, the meta-language used to describe them must be richer than the object language.

This eminent Professor of Logic was a heavy drinker, devoted fan of speed, and a notorious womaniser.

Father: Ignacy Teitelbaum (shopkeeper, b. 1869, d. 1942, killed by Nazis during occupation of Poland)
Mother: Rosa Prussak (b. 1879, d. 1942, killed by Nazis)
Brother: Waclaw Teitelbaum (killed by Nazis)
Wife: Maria Witkowska (teacher, m. 23-Jun-1929)
Son: Janusz
Daughter: Krystyna

    High School: Schola Mazowiecka, Poland (1918)
    University: Doctorate in Mathematics, University of Warsaw (1924)
    Teacher: Polish Pedagogical Institute, Warsaw (1924-29)
    Teacher: Logic, University of Warsaw (1924-39)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Zeromski's Lycée (1924-39)
    Professor: Mathematics, UC Berkeley (1945-1968)

    National Academy of Sciences
    Converted to Catholicism 1923
    Draft Deferment: World War II Aug-1942
    Naturalized US Citizen 1945
    Polish Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Smoking, Amphetamines

Author of books:
The Concept of Truth in Formalized Languages (1933, Paper on logic)
What are Logical Notions? (1986, Paper on logic)


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