Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. HofstadterGodel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

byDouglas R. Hofstadter

Paperback | February 5, 1999

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll

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.
Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition.
Title:Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:824 pages, 9.2 X 6.55 X 2.05 inShipping dimensions:824 pages, 9.2 X 6.55 X 2.05 inPublished:February 5, 1999Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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From Our Editors

The relationships between art and math are not always apparent. That is, until you read Douglas Hofstadter's brilliant, Pulitzer prize-winning Godel Escher Bach. It explores the patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt Godel, artist M.C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Hofstadter explores the links between formal systems. This 20th anniversary edition will delight, inform and entertain all readers.

Editorial Reviews

"Godel, Escher, Bach was a triumphantly successful presentation of quite difficult concepts for a popular audience. There has been nothing like it in computer science before or since."-Ernest Davis, IEEE Expert