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A Talk on Paradoxes

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Many of us, as computer scientists, love puzzles, but sometimes we run into paradoxes. Broadly speaking, a paradox is any statement that is unexpected. Some paradoxes appear to be absurd but are actually true; some others, such as Russell’s paradox, may lead to self-contradictory results and challenge our naïve understanding.

In this talk I shall start by presenting some famous paradoxes, followed by a brief discussion of the general categorization of paradoxes. I shall then focus on “self-referential” paradoxes, examine their underlying similarities and their significance, and finish with a discussion how they might be solved.

This talk is part of the Churchill CompSci Talks series.

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