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Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

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  • Anonymous

    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

    Amazingly interesting

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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!

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    Posted August 15, 2010

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