Gödel, Escher, Bach. Anniversary Edition: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Basic Books, 1999 - Computers - 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 and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

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Review: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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There is so much in this book, in spite of what some reviewers say it is not about this or that, it is about lots of things. But mostly about minds and machines. Read full review

Review: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Very long winded, but with some interesting thoughts scattered throughout. Read full review

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

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