Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Paperback | January 15, 1999

byDouglas 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 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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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 ...

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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...

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prizewinning Gödel, Escher, Bach; Metamagical Themas, The Mind’s I, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Le Ton Beau de Marot, and Eugene Onegin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:824 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.79 inPublished:January 15, 1999Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing A very well writen guide to intelligence and its relation to computers and the properties comprising it.
Date published: 2006-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT Excellent. This book is beautifully written and is incredibly fascinating. Definitely and without a doubt a must read.
Date published: 2005-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Godel Escher Bach An anomaly in the realm of books, this title manages to combine art and science, while taking excursions into Zen Buddhism, psychology, computer programming and number theory. All of these topics are treated in great depth, yet presented in a light-hearted and humourous manner. Beyond the general text, Hofstadter fills this amazing book with the perplexing pictures of M.C. Escher, as well as intriguing dialogues featuring Achilles and the tortoise. Such a wonderful book cannot be described in a short review. Read it. It has something for everyone.
Date published: 1999-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking.... In a way that few others than Hofstadter could accomplish, the areas of mathematical logic, music, artifical intelligence, and genetics are all fused into an incredible work. Full of hidden meanings, games, and symbolisms, it is a must have for those interested in the more philosophical aspects of mathematics and computers.
Date published: 1999-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Extraordinary Work I cannot sing high enough praise for this book. Hofstadter's magical treatment of the three seemingly unrelated fields of music, art and mathematics, astounded me 20 years ago, when I could scarcely understand it. Even today, this is a difficult book for me to read. Hofstadter's presentation is incredibly lucid, but the complexity of the material demands that this book be read many times!
Date published: 1999-05-26

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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.

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