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|Named Person:||Johann Sebastian Bach; M C Escher; Kurt Gödel; Johann Sebastian Bach; M C Escher; Kurt Gödel|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Douglas R Hofstadter
|ISBN:||0394756827 9780394756820 0465026567 9780465026562|
|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.|
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