Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll

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, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including I Am a Strange Loop and Surfaces and Essences, and has contributed to ten more. He lives in Bloomington.

ISBN: 9780465026562

ISBN-10: 9780465026562

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 02/05/1999 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/05/1999 - 12:00am

Pages: 824

Language: English



Mathematics / Logic

Computers / Machine Theory