Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Goden 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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A lot of content to sift through, but plenty of gems to be found. Much of the content, with the exception of a handful of technical terms, is still entirely relevant today, though, that may speak to ... Read full review

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I've been thinking about reading this book for years. Probably since 1979, when it was first published, in fact. This is the 20th anniversary edition, and other than a new introduction by the author ... Read full review

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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.

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