Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Vintage Books, 1979 - Artificial intelligence. - 800 pages
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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. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

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This book is wonderful! It is a deep immersion in Math, Music and Art with three great star. I found it a bit hard sometime . If you have time you should follow all the exercises proposed. I was thinking that everything is related....Reading this book I deeper think this. To read! Read full review

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User Review  - Charles Harries - Goodreads

If I was allowed only one piece of art to entertain me until I died, it would be this book. There is so much here, so much depth of cleverness and logic, that I think I would be able to come back to ... Read full review

Contents

The MUpuzzle
33
Figure and Ground
64
Cretan Labyrinth
119
Copyright

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Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University and author of the Pulitzer-prize winning "G?del, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid".

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