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Hofstadter, Douglas R. 1945-

Works: 149 works in 671 publications in 7 languages and 17,829 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Poetry  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Portraits 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PG3347.E8, 510.1
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Most widely held works by Douglas R Hofstadter
Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
154 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 4,673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book applies Godel's seminal contribution to modern mathematics to the study of the human mind and the development of artificial intelligence
The mind's I : fantasies and reflections on self and soul by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
49 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and French and held by 2,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Metamagical themas : questing for the essence of mind and pattern by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
41 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes articles, many of which originally appeared in Scientific American, on memes, innumeracy, William Safire, Frederic Chopin, Rubik's Cube, strange attractors, Lisp, Heisenburg's uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics, Alan Turing, sphexishness, Prisoner's dilemma, and other topics
I am a strange loop by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hofstadter's long-awaited return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach--an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity. What do we mean when we say "I"? Can a self, a soul, a consciousness, an "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? This book argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. Deep down, a human brain is a chaotic soup of particles, on a higher level it is a jungle of neurons, and on a yet higher level it is a network of abstractions that we call "symbols." The most central and complex symbol in your brain or mine is the one we both call "I." But how can such a mysterious abstraction be real--or is our "I" merely a convenient fiction?--From publisher description
Virtual music computer synthesis of musical style by David Cope ( )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 1,245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An exploration of Cope's experimentation in artificial musical creativity; includes a CD containing performances of music discussed in the text
Surfaces and essences : analogy as the fuel and fire of thinking by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows how analogy-making pervades human thought at all levels, influencing the choice of words and phrases in speech, providing guidance in unfamiliar situations, and giving rise to great acts of imagination
Fluid concepts & creative analogies : computer models of the fundamental mechanisms of thought by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
26 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two ideas pervade the research. One is that the key question to answer is "What is a concept?" This means understanding how concepts overlap and trigger one another, how their fluid boundaries come about, how they give rise to generalizations and analogies, and so on. The second idea is that mental activity is fundamentally parallel, with many tiny agents independently carrying out small "subcognitive" acts and collectively building up coherent mental structures. Such agents lie far above the neural level, yet far below the conscious level; the hypothetical level of the brain at which they reside thus constitutes a largely uncharted substrate for thought. With these intuitions as guides, Hofstadter and the members of the Fluid Analogies Research Group have developed computer models that operate in small but extraordinarily challenging domains: playful anagram and number puzzles, analogy puzzles involving letter strings or tabletop objects, and fanciful alphabetic styles
Le ton beau de Marot : in praise of the music of language by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
18 editions published in 1997 in English and French and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
up next to the human mind
Gödel's proof by Ernest Nagel ( Book )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1931 Kurt Godel disrupted some of the fundamental assumptions underlying mathematics and logic with the publication of his revolutionary paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." Ironically, few mathematicians of the time were able to understand the young scholar's complex proof, and the full importance of this work was largely overlooked for many years. Godel was at last recognized by his peers and presented with the first Albert Einstein Award in 1951 for achievement in the natural sciences - the highest honor of its kind in the United States. The award committee, which included Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, described his work as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."" "In Godel's Proof, Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and non-technical explanation for both scholars and non-specialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Godel's discovery. First published in 1958 and in print continuously in ten languages, this highly popular, seminal work offers every educated person with an interest in mathematics, logic, and philosophy the opportunity to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject."--BOOK JACKET
Eugene Onegin by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin ( Book )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A translation of an 1830s Russian novel, written in verse. The hero is Eugene, a bored young man who courts Tatyana, the heroine, and when she falls in love rejects her. But he will pay for it
Alan Turing : the enigma by Andrew Hodges ( )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and German and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades -- all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life. A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution, Andrew Hodges's acclaimed book captures both the inner and outer drama of Turing's life. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936--the concept of a universal machine -- laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. The book also tells how this work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. At the same time, this is the tragic story of a man who, despite his wartime service, was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program--all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime."--Publisher's description
Gödel, Escher, Bach : les brins d'une guirlande éternelle by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
16 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in French and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Publié aux Etats-Unis en 1979, ce best-seller international a notamment remporté le prix Pulitzer 1980. L'auteur, brillant professeur d'informatique, "établit des liens entre les gravures d'Escher, la musique de Bach et la logique mathématique, et nous rend intelligibles des similitudes cachées entre des domaines aussi variés que la biologie, la psychologie, la physique et la linguistique
The discovery of dawn by Walter Veltroni ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Story about a man who reclaims his past. Giovanni Astengo keeps his life at arm's length: the father of a 12-year-old girl with Down syndrome, Stella, and a forlorn, world-weary 20-year-old, Lorenzo, Giovanni is also still searching for his own lost father, who vanished during a period of political terrorism in 1977. Revisiting the country house his parents used to frequent, Giovanni discovers there that he can call his 13-year-old self (on the eve of his father's disappearance, no less) by dialing his old phone number. Over the phone, Giovanni tries to change the future by having his younger self look for clues about his father's disappearance. There are fascinating intellectual tenets coursing through Veltroni's work, and the bond that forms between the two Giovannis is beautifully realized, as is the clarity that the older Giovanni finally achieves
That mad ache : a novel by Françoise Sagan ( Book )
5 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in Paris in the mid-1960s, Lucile, a young, rootless woman, finds herself torn between a fifty-year-old businessman and a thirty-year-old hot-blooded, impulsive editor; and, in a companion to the novel, the translator describes the process of rewriting the novel
Einsicht ins Ich : Fantasien und Reflexionen über Selbst und Seele ( Book )
15 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in German and Arabic and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gödel, Escher, Bach : een eeuwige gouden band by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
7 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in Dutch and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Speels overzicht van de moderne wiskunde
Vues de l'esprit : fantaisies et réflexions sur l'être et l'âme by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
2 editions published in 1987 in French and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Qu'est-ce que l'esprit? Où est l'âme? En quoi l'esprit humain est-il unique? Où se situe la différence entre l'homme et la machine? Hofstadter et Dennett ont réuni vingt-sept textes de dix-sept auteurs, qu'ils complètent par des réflexions. Leur but, tel qu'ils le décrivent, n'est pas tant d'apporter des réponses que de "secouer tout le monde: ceux qui ont du monde une vision scientifique pure et dure, mais aussi ceux qui ont une vision religieuse ou spiritualiste de l'âme humaine". Ce livre est aussi une excellente introduction aux sciences cognitives, ce domaine interdisciplinaire recouvrant neurologie, philosophie, informatique, psychologie, linguistique
Ma thémagie : en quête de l'essence de l'esprit et du sens by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
2 editions published in 1988 in French and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ik ben een vreemde lus by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in Dutch and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beschouwing over de relatie tussen lichaam en ziel, tussen hersenen en bewustzijn. Vervolg op 'Gödel, Escher, Bach'
Gödel, Escher, Bach : un'Eterna Ghirlanda Brillante : una fuga metaforica su menti e macchine nello spirito di Lewis Carroll by Douglas R Hofstadter ( Book )
20 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in Italian and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Hofstadter, Douglas.
Hofstadter, Douglas 1945-
Hofstädter, Douglas R. 1945-
Hofstadter, Douglas Richard 1945-
הופשטטר, דאגלס ר 1945-
הופשטטר, דגלס ר 1945-
ホフスタッター, D. R
ホフスタッター, ダグラス・R
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