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Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid

Author: Douglas R Hofstadter
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 20th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: GEB. Introduction: A musico-logical offering (Three-part invention) ; The MU-puzzle (Two-part invention) ; Meaning and form in mathematics (Sonata for unaccompanied Achilles) ; Figure and ground (Contracrostipunctus) ; Consistency, completeness, and geometry (Little harmonic labyrinth) ; Recursive structures and processes Canon by intervallic augmentation) ; The location of meaning Chromatic fantasy, and feud) ; The propositional calculus Crab canon) ; Typographical number theory (A Mu offering) ; Mumon and Godel --
Part II: EGB. Levels of description and computer systems (... Ant fugue) ; Brains and thoughts (English French German suite) ; Minds and thoughts (Aria with diverse variations) ; BlooP and flooP and glooP (Air on G's string) ; On formally undecidable propositions of TNT and related systems (Birthday cantatatata) ; Jumping out of the system (Edifying thoughts of a tobacco smoker) ; Self-ref and self-rep (The magnificrab, indeed) ; Church, Turing, Tarski, and others (SHRDLU, toy of man's designing) ; Artificial intelligence : retrospects (Contrafactus) ; Artificial intelligence : prospects (Sloth canon) ; Strange loops, or tangled hierarchies (Six-part ricercar).
Responsibility: Douglas R. Hofstadter.


Godel, Escher, Bach is a Pulitzer Prize--winning treatise exploring patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt Godel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. A  Read more...
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