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 × 2.12 inPublished:January 15, 1999Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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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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