I had some hesitations about philosophy because, if you worked out a philosophical theory, it was hard to know whether you were going to be able to prove it or whether other theories had just as good a claim on belief.
I think Veblen had an interest in logic.
I read one or two other books which gave me a background in mathematics other than logic.
It wasn't until my second year that I got to actually work with Church.
I went to Princeton in the fall of 1930 as a half-time instructor.
Here at Wisconsin we didn't get an undergraduate course in mathematical logic until the '60s.
I went to Princeton from Amherst, where I split my interests between mathematics and philosophy.
I don't think Post often came to Princeton during the '30s. I can't remember ever seeing him in Princeton.
I think that after Church got his Ph.D. he studied in Europe, maybe in the Netherlands, for a year or two.
I'm sure Church got some of his ideas from this trip to Europe.
The job in Wisconsin was the first genuine offer of an academic job in a university which I received.
In the fall term of 1933-34 I was on my family farm in Maine.
When I got to Princeton I made a point of attending the Philosophy Club and listening to the lectures, but I didn't get involved in any discussions in those clubs. I guess after the first year, I dropped that.
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