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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This might be my favorite book of all time. It's full of information about various areas of math and science and philosophy, and it is chock full of delightful wordplay (one of my favorite things). I almost always catch something new every time I read it, and I've read it many, many times. Read full review

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Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel Escher Bach is a legitimate masterpiece, a book humming with ideas and life. GEB explores Kurt Gödel's incompleteness theorem, the art of MC Escher and Rene Magritte, the ... 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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