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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Publisher Comments:

Douglas Hofstadters 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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First published in 1979, this is a genuine interdisciplinary work of nonfiction, with dozens of historical references and subtexts. Critics and reviewers have summed up its meaning in varying ways, yet consistently with praise. A mixture of art, philosophy, music, math, technology, and cognitive science, the book's title only reflects one aspect of its subject matter; namely, the connection between the work of mathematician Kurt Gödel, the artist M. C. Escher, and the composer J. S. Bach. A 1980 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465026852
Subtitle:
An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Hofstadter, Douglas R.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence
Subject:
Symmetry
Subject:
Metamathematics
Subject:
General Philosophy
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 519
Publication Date:
19790531
Binding:
Hardback
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xxi, 777 p.
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Humanities » Philosophy » General
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » General
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Product details xxi, 777 p. pages Basic Books,c1979. - English 9780465026852 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , First published in 1979, this is a genuine interdisciplinary work of nonfiction, with dozens of historical references and subtexts. Critics and reviewers have summed up its meaning in varying ways, yet consistently with praise. A mixture of art, philosophy, music, math, technology, and cognitive science, the book's title only reflects one aspect of its subject matter; namely, the connection between the work of mathematician Kurt Gödel, the artist M. C. Escher, and the composer J. S. Bach. A 1980 Pulitzer Prize winner.
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