Gödel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid

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Basic Books, 1999 - Art - 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

User Review  - Phil - Goodreads

Finding it hard to read more than a few pages at a time. Hofstadter's style isn't for me (though he appears to think he's quite clever) and his examples in the non-dialogue chapters are often tedious. I will read and finish this, slowly. Read full review

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User Review  - Adom Hartell - Goodreads

This was a good book, but not really a revelatory one. It covers a lot of interesting topics, but the coverage of some is pretty basic, so if you have some knowledge of the subject, you'll be ... Read full review

Contents

Prelude
275
Levels of Description and Computer Systems
285
Ant Fugue
311
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

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.