Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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by Douglas R. Hofstadter
     
 

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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… 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.

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Martin Gardner
...a major literary event. -- Scientific American
Booknews
<:st> Cited in . Reprints the 1979 Pulitzer-Prize winning text that explores hierarchical systems, self-reference, and the cause of consciousness. Occasional playful dialogues<-->including some based on musical forms<-->employ characters borrowed from a little-known work by Lewis Carroll. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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:
71,493
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.71(d)

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