# Incompleteness and Uncertainty related?

I was reading Gödel's incompleteness theorem and Heisenbers's uncertainty principle. I found some similarities although one is based on a physical phenomenon and the other is mathematical.

Q: Are they interrelated? Can one interpret the incompleteness and inconsistency of Gödel as uncertainty as well?

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They are interrelated maybe in the way they shattered the confidence in "predictability" of their respective disciplines (I guess Hilbert and Einstein were not amused) and did so just a few years apart (1927 and 1931). – Hagen von Eitzen Sep 6 '12 at 18:09
Both discovered by German speakers. – André Nicolas Sep 6 '12 at 18:14
@André funny but true) – Seyhmus Güngören Sep 6 '12 at 18:20
I'd say there is a big difference, since Heisenberg is more about how our intuition of the real world breaks down when deal at the smallest levels. – Thomas Andrews Sep 6 '12 at 18:53

One version is a statement about how spread out a function on $\mathbb{R}$ can be relative to how spread out its Fourier transform can be; roughly speaking, a function and its Fourier transform cannot simultaneously be localized (physically the function can be interpreted as describing the position of some particle and its Fourier transform can be interpreted as describing its momentum, but the mathematical statement is independent of this interpretation). A more general version is a statement about the variances of noncommuting random variables. In this form it is essentially an application of the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality.
@SeyhmusGüngören: "effectively axiomatized" means that it is possible to decide, using a definitely specific mechanical process, whether or not something is an axiom of the theory. (The point of this restriction is to prevent some wiseguy from declaring that the axioms of his theory are exactly every true statement about $\mathbb N$ -- which would make it both both complete and consistent). – Henning Makholm Sep 6 '12 at 23:55