Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Penguin, 2000 - Artificial intelligence - 832 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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This Pulitzer Winner is almost trivial. It nicely spends 500 pages to explain Gödel's incompleteness theorems to the lay reader. But it does not really reveal its main thesis clearly until p. 559 ... Read full review

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added because of billing as "one of the best books on brain science" 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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