der Herr Warum

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»[W]hen about four years old he [Kurt Gödel] was nicknamed "Mr. Why" by our acquaintances, because he always wanted to get to the bottom of things with his intensive questioning.« (Rudolf Gödel in Weingartner & Schmetterer 1987:18)

»At about the age of four, Gödel acquired the nickname der Herr Warum (Mr . Why) because he persistently asked the reasons for everything.« (Wang 1996:25)

»Kurt Gödel was an exceptionally inquisitive child. By the time he was four years old his parents and older brother had begun to call him "der Herr Warum" (Mr. Why).« (Dawson Jr. 1997:1)

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