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Posted April 12, 2003
A panoramic view of the works of one of the finest minds in the business. A book spanning a lifetime's worth of work, still in the works. Few would disagree if I say that Roger Penrose is one of the greatest mathematicians/physicists of our times. In this book, Penrose explores a paradoxical, incomplete, non-halting, finite-indefinite, non-periodic, entropic, incomprehensible, recursive, non-unified, indeterministic, self-refential Universe. You get my point, don't you? Penrose, stating the very basic facts, explains how the students of the Strong-AI school of thought don't have much hope. This book, a layman's version of his life-long research reflects the work of genius making a statement that one cannot write a computer program that can do the job of a mathematician (without sounding like someone whose job is threatened by a computer). Conciousness, intelligence and writing poetry are beyond the realm of a computer. Not a casual reading book at all, but a must read. If you think Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' was awesome, this book is super-awesome!!
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Posted July 18, 2009
A mixture of science, philosophy, thought provoking theses, all exposed logically and in a compelling progression. Even if you disagree, you will learn a bunch.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 2003
Do corners form a room?
The book is well deserving of a five star rating simply because of the author's ability to convey a vast number of complex concepts in a clear and enthusiastic manner. The problem is that these concepts are, at times, weakly or tangentially tied to his central thesis, i.e., the Emperor's New Mind is more than a high powered abacus.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2000
An Amazing Book
This book is simply amazing. I picked it up from my school library when looking for some quality reading, and I was enthralled by Penrose's simple to understand, yet extremely in depth analysis of Consciousness, Computers, Quantum Theory and many other subjects. A definite read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2010
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