Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness

Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness

by Roger Penrose

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ISBN-13: 9780195106466
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 412,395
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 6.06(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Roger Penrose is the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematic at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Emperor's New Mind, which was a New York Times bestseller and was awarded the UK's 1990 COPUS Prize for science writing. In 1988, he received the internationally prestigious Wolf Prize for physics, shared with Stephen Hawking, for their joint contribution to our understanding of the universe.

Table of Contents

Preface

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Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
P_S_Patrick on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I sort of knew what to expect with this book, having read the Emperor's New Mind, of which this is the sequel. That is, there is a lot of maths, physics, and technical detail to get your head around. This book for the most part is even drier than ENM, but makes up for it with a much more satisfying conclusion, which more than hints at how the brain could actually use the laws of quantum physics to solve non computational problems. I doubt that the mechanisms described are accurate to how things are precisely, but the theory and principles behind them seem sound, and the implications really remarkable. I would recommend this book only to those with the patience to finish it, you have to get through a lot of difficult stuff before you get to the interesting bits at the end. I thought it was worth it, but I don't imagine that a high proportion of poeple will, due to the heavy nature of the subject matter.
simondavies on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Read while doing some research into artificial-intelligence at university.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite Penrose book! Though probably totally off-base, it was a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THESE BOOKS ( THE EMPERSOR'S NEW MIND AND SHADOWS OF THE MIND ) ARE A PECULIAR LESSON BROUGHT FROM ONE OF THE BEST MIND OF THE PLANET ON HOW LOGIC AND KNOWLEDGE MAY BE MERGED TO FIND NEW INSIGHTS . I RECOMMEND THE READING TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS , FRESHMEN , SCIENTIST INVOLVED WITH A.I AND ANYONE ( GRADUATE TOO ) WHO SEEKS A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW LOGIC MAY BE APPLIED TO SCIENCE . I REGARD THESE BOOKS AS MILESTONE , A SERIOUS AND CRISTAL CLEAR EXPLANATION NOT JUST ABOUT LIMITS OF CONTEMPORARY PHYSICS BUT OF THE HUMAN KNOWLEDGE ITSELF, SUCH REMARKABLE WORKS THAT EVERYONE WHO CARE ABOUT HUMAN UNDERSTANDING SHOULD BENEFICT FROM .