Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Basic Books, 1979 - Mathematics - 777 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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Here's where I first learned about formal linguistic systems, which forever changed the course of my intellectual pursuits. Worth read and rereading. Read full review

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This is probably one of the most consistently difficult and enlightening books I've ever come across. Completely wonderful - it took me three tries over five years to finish it the first time, and ... Read full review

Contents

Cretan Labyrinth
119
The structure of the Dialogue Little Harmonic Labyrinth
129
Recursive Transition Networks for ORNATE NOUN and FANCY NOUN
132
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Douglas Hofstadter is professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

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