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  • Available Date: 2/5/1999
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GODEL ESCHER BACH

Summary

Gödel, Escher, Bach is a Pulitzer Prize–winning treatise exploring patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. A groundbreaking book that has set the standard for interdisciplinary writing. A book every thinking reader must have.

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.

About the Author

Douglas Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Product Details

  • Format: Paperback | 824 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group
  • Philosophy