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

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

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by Roger Penrose, Martin Gardner (Foreword by)
 

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For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do. Admittedly, computers now play chess at the grandmaster level, but do they understand the game as we do? Can a computer eventually do everything a human mind can do?
In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger

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For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do. Admittedly, computers now play chess at the grandmaster level, but do they understand the game as we do? Can a computer eventually do everything a human mind can do?
In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger Penrose--eminent physicist and winner, with Stephen Hawking, of the prestigious Wolf prize--puts forward his view that there are some facets of human thinking that can never be emulated by a machine. Penrose examines what physics and mathematics can tell us about how the mind works, what they can't, and what we need to know to understand the physical processes of consciousness.
He is among a growing number of physicists who think Einstein wasn't being stubborn when he said his "little finger" told him that quantum mechanics is incomplete, and he concludes that laws even deeper than quantum mechanics are essential for the operation of a mind. To support this contention, Penrose takes the reader on a dazzling tour that covers such topics as complex numbers, Turing machines, complexity theory, quantum mechanics, formal systems, Godel undecidability, phase spaces, Hilbert spaces, black holes, white holes, Hawking radiation, entropy, quasicrystals, the structure of the brain, and scores of other subjects.
The Emperor's New Mind will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in modern physics and its relation to philosophical issues, as well as to physicists, mathematicians, philosophers and those on either side of the AI debate.

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"The testament of a brilliant man wrestling desperately--and unashamedly--with the deepest problems of metaphysics --Nature

"Penrose embarks on a sweeping survey of black holes, cosmology and thermodynamics in search of further support. The reader is treated to a tour of much of modern physics before being brought back to the central thesis: that minds must be taken seriously." --Observer

"A pedagogical tour de force, with some dazzling new ways of illuminating the central themes of science." --Times Literary Supplement

"Penrose takes us on perhaps the most engaging and creative tour of modern physics that has ever been written....the reader might feel privileged indeed to accompany Penrose on his magical mystery tour." --Sunday Times

"Will be universally cited by strong AI opponents as the definitive refutation of strong AI....An excellent introduction to the ideas which are involved in the strong AI hypothesis." --Physics World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192861986
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Series:
Popular Science Series
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Roger Penrose is the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize which he shared with with Stephen Hawking for their joint contribution to our understanding of the universe.

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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Minh_from_Helotes More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.