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.
In the fall term of 1933-34 I was on my family farm in Maine.
I'm sure Church got some of his ideas from this trip to Europe.
Here at Wisconsin we didn't get an undergraduate course in mathematical logic until the '60s.
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.
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.
The job in Wisconsin was the first genuine offer of an academic job in a university which I received.
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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