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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This book was great!! It links together the mathematics of Kurt Gödel, the art of MC Escher, and the music of JS Bach in an "Eternal golden braid," following themes of formal logic, self-reference ... Read full review


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Douglas Hofstadter is professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

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