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Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid

Author: Douglas R Hofstadter
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 20th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Johann Sebastian Bach; M C Escher; Kurt Gödel; Johann Sebastian Bach; M C Escher; Kurt Gödel
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas R Hofstadter
ISBN: 0394756827 9780394756820 0465026567 9780465026562
OCLC Number: 40724766
Description: 23, vi-xxi, 777 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: GEB:A musico-logical offering --
The mu-puzzle --
Meaning and form in mathematics --
Figure and ground --
Consistency, completeness, and geometry --
Recursive structures and processes --
The location of meaning --
The propositional calculus --
Typographical number theory --
Mumon and Godel --
EGB: Levels of description and computer systems --
Brains and thoughts --
Minds and thoughts --
Bloop and floop and gloop --
On formally undecidable propositions of TNT and related systems --
Jumping out of the system --
Self-ref and self-rep --
Church, turing, tarski, and others --
Artificial intelligence: retrospects --
Artificial intelligence: prospects --
Strange loops, or tangled hierarchies.
Responsibility: Douglas R. Hofstadter.
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G(del, Escher, Bach is a Pulitzer Prize--winning treatise exploring patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt G(del, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. A  Read more...

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