Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Penguin, 2000 - Artificial intelligence - 777 pages
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'What is a self, and how can a self come out of inaminate matter?' This is the riddle that drove Hofstadter to write this extraordinary book. Linking together the music of J.S. Bach, the graphic art of Escher and the mathematical theorems of Godel, as well as ideas drawn from logic, biology, psychology, physics and linguistics, Douglas Hofstadter illuminates one of the greatest mysteries of modern science: the nature of human thought processes. 'Every few decades an unknown author brings outa book of such depth, clarity, range, wit, beauty and originality that it is recognized at once as a major literary event. This is such a work' - Martin Gardner

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Great introduction to the recent edition. - Goodreads
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Pretty pictures with hidden depth. - Goodreads
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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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About the author (2000)

Douglas Hofstadter is professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University. GODEL, ESCHER, BACH won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

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