# Chaitin, Gregory (1947–)

Gregory Chaitin is an American mathematician and computer scientist at IBM's T. J. Watson Research
Center who is the chief architect of a new subject known as **algorithmic
information theory**, which has profound consequences for our ideas
about randomness. In particular, because of the limitations of computers
and the programs they run, Chaitin has shown that there is an inherent uncertainty
or unknowability in mathematics that is similar to the uncertainty principle
in physics. Although there are an infinite number of mathematical facts,
they are, for the most part, unrelated to each other and impossible to tie
together with unifying theorems. His powerful message is that most of mathematics
is true for no particular reason: math is true by accident.