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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Paperback)

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    Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of ?maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can g......more

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Douglas Hofstadter’s book is concerned directly with the nature of ?maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Godel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prizewinning Godel, Escher, Bach; Metamagical Themas, The Mind’s I, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Le Ton Beau de Marot, and Eugene Onegin.

Author:
Hofstadter, Douglas R.
Genre:
PHILOSOPHY / General
Audience:
College/higher education
Edition:
20
Edition Detail:
Anniversary
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
777
Language:
English
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publish Date:
02/04/1999
Copyright Year:
1979
ISBN:
9780465026562
Height:
9.25 in
Wdth:
5.75 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
2.4 lb
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  • This book well deserved the 1980 Pulitzer Prize it won. I obtained in the early 80's and read and re-read it over many months and years. It is a very demanding book --- not light reading, yet well worth it. If you love thinking for thinking's sake, you will likely love this book. It is really beyond comparison.

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