Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid / Edition 20

Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid / Edition 20

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by Douglas R. Hofstadter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465026567

ISBN-13: 9780465026562

Pub. Date: 02/01/1999

Publisher: Basic Books


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…  See more details below

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465026562
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
Art of Mentoring Series
Edition description:
20th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
42,706
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.71(d)

Table of Contents

Overview
List of Illustrations
Words of Thanks
Pt. IGEB
Introduction: A Musico-Logical Offering3
Three-Part Invention29
Ch. IThe MU-puzzle33
Two-Part Invention43
Ch. IIMeaning and Form in Mathematics46
Sonata for Unaccompanied Achilles61
Ch. IIIFigure and Ground64
Contracrostipunctus75
Ch. IVConsistency, Completeness, and Geometry82
Little Harmonic Labyrinth103
Ch. VRecursive Structures and Processes127
Canon by Intervallic Augmentation153
Ch. VIThe Location of Meaning158
Chromatic Fantasy, And Feud177
Ch. VIIThe Propositional Calculus181
Crab Canon199
Ch. VIIITypographical Number Theory204
A Mu Offering231
Ch. IXMumon and Godel246
Pt. IIEGB
Prelude ...275
Ch. XLevels of Description, and Computer Systems285
... Ant Fugue311
Ch. XIBrains and Thoughts337
English French German Suite366
Ch. XIIMinds and Thoughts369
Aria with Diverse Variations391
Ch. XIIIBlooP and FlooP and GlooP406
Air on G's String431
Ch. XIVOn Formally Undecidable Propositions of TNT and Related Systems438
Birthday Cantatatata ...461
Ch. XVJumping out of the System465
Edifying Thoughts of a Tobacco Smoker480
Ch. XVISelf-Ref and Self-Rep495
The Magnificrab, Indeed549
Ch. XVIIChurch, Turing, Tarski, and Others559
SHRDLU, Toy of Man's Designing586
Ch. XVIIIArtificial Intelligence: Retrospects594
Contrafactus633
Ch. XIXArtificial Intelligence: Prospects641
Sloth Canon681
Ch. XXStrange Loops, Or Tangled Hierarchies684
Six-Part Ricercar720
Notes743
Bibliography746
Credits757
Index759

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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The headline I just wrote might sound like a negative, but it's not. Hofstadter's book, which is literally in a class by itself, reaches out in thought to music, art, biology, writing, religion... and all the rest of it, all through the lens of the proof of Godel's incompleteness theorem, which is about the inability of proving something about a system from within the system. And that, to my mind, is pretty much everything there is to say about 'mind'. What else can I say? I was a 24-year-old with a B.A. in English and no math since High School algebra II when I read this book now I'm a PhD in mathematics, and I use this book in a first year seminar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very thought provoking book. When you have finished it's 700+ pages you will feel as if you have gone through an entire year's worth of courses. It touches on art, philosophy, artificial intelligence, mathematics, and ascetics. It is a journey through cognition that I have never encountered before. Hofstadter is truly a genius. My only complaints are that he can be a bit long winded, and the reading becomes dry. But the read is deffinatley worth it. This book changed my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came early to a love of logic, and to my love of Escher upon needing posters for my dorm room, but this book introduced me to both Goedel and Bach. And so many other things and ways to think. By the end of my Bachelor's it had also helped me through my single grad level course--one semester spent on this very theorem. He does more than make complex ideas accessible, he makes them compelling. I find it hard to convince people to pick this book up, but even harder to convince them to put it down--by the end of second year, we'd all read it and fallen under its sway. It's worth reading again every few years, because it doesn't all fit in my head at once--there's always more to learn. I can't recommend it too highly. I think of it as the adult non-fiction Phantom Tollbooth.
Michael_McInnis More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Hofstadter's clean, lucid prose offers a deeper understanding of the topics covered in this book. Would rexommend to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll start with two things. First, I've yet to even finish. Second, I already know this book is one of the most important I've ever read. This book is a mountain to climb through, don't start unless you're willing to get into something big. Be prepared to spend alot of time thinking about it before you understand, and don't aim to read it as fast as you can. Read a chapter a day and you're good. The book is almost impossible to describe in terms of what it is about. It talks about a little of everything. Brains, Zen, Math, Language, computers and artificial intelligence, you will learn about everything. I know this review wasn't as detailed as it could have been, but there were none before and that was a shame, and I'm low on time. What it boils down to is this, I cannot possible give a review that would describe what this book is, but take me at my word when I say it is one of the most important books out there.
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