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Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas R. Hofstadter

Godel, Escher, Bach

An Eternal Golden Braid

Paperback Published: 5th February 1999
ISBN: 9780465026562
Number Of Pages: 824

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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 intelligence. Godel Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.

About The Author

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prizewinning Gödel, Escher, Bach; Metamagical Themas, The Mind’s I, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Le Ton Beau de Marot, and Eugene Onegin.

Industry Reviews

"Godel, Escher, Bach was a triumphantly successful presentation of quite difficult concepts for a popular audience. There has been nothing like it in computer science before or since."--Ernest Davis, IEEE Expert "A wondrous book that unites and explains, in a very entertaining way, many of the important ideas of recent intellectual history."--Commonweal "A triumph of cleverness, bravura performance."--Parabola "A huge, sprawling literary marvel, a philosophy book disguised as a book of entertainment disguised as a book of instruction."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "I have never seen anything quite like this book. It has a youthful vitality and a wonderful brilliance, and I think that it may become something of a classic."--Jeremy Bernstein "A brilliant, creative, and very personal synthesis without precedent or peer in modern literature."--The American Mathematical Monthly "In some ways, Godel, Escher, Bach is an entire humanistic education between the covers of a single book. So, for my next visit to a desert island, give me sun, sand, water and GEB, and I'll live happily ever after."--John L. Casti, Nature "Every few decades an unknown author brings out a book of such depth, clarity, range, wit, beauty and originality that it is recognized at once as a major literary event. This is such a work."--Martin Gardner, Scientific American Winner of the National Book Award in Science Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction

Concepts are difficult to grasp, did not finish.


Big book. Struggled, perhpas my RAM is low and i couldnt link the concepts together

Melbourne Australia


Godel, Escher, Bach

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Preface to GEB's Twentieth-anniversary EditionP-1
Overviewp. viii
List of Illustrationsp. xiv
Words of Thanksp. xix
Introduction: A Musico-Logical Offeringp. 3
Three-Part Inventionp. 29
The MU-puzzlep. 33
Two-Part Inventionp. 43
Meaning and Form in Mathematicsp. 46
Sonata for Unaccompanied Achillesp. 61
Figure and Groundp. 64
Contracrostipunctusp. 75
Consistency, Completeness, and Geometryp. 82
Little Harmonic Labyrinthp. 103
Recursive Structures and Processesp. 127
Canon by Intervallic Augmentationp. 153
The Location of Meaningp. 158
Chromatic Fantasy, And Feudp. 177
The Propositional Calculusp. 181
Crab Canonp. 199
Typographical Number Theoryp. 204
A Mu Offeringp. 231
Mumon and Godelp. 246
EGBp. 275
Prelude ...p. 285
Levels of Description, and Computer Systemsp. 285
... Ant Fuguep. 311
Brains and Thoughtsp. 337
English French German Suitep. 366
Minds and Thoughtsp. 369
Aria with Diverse Variationsp. 391
BlooP and FlooP and GlooPp. 406
Air on G's Stringp. 431
On Formally Undecidable Propositions of TNT and Related Systemsp. 438
Birthday Cantatatata ...p. 461
Jumping out of the Systemp. 465
Edifying Thoughts of a Tobacco Smokerp. 480
Self-Ref and Self-Repp. 495
The Magnificrab, Indeedp. 549
Church, Turing, Tarski, and Othersp. 559
Shrdlu, Toy of Man's Designingp. 586
Artificial Intelligence: Retrospectsp. 594
Contrafactusp. 633
Artificial Intelligence: Prospectsp. 641
Sloth Canonp. 681
Strange Loops, Or Tangled Hierarchiesp. 684
Six-Part Ricercarp. 720
Notesp. 743
Bibliographyp. 746
Creditsp. 757
Indexp. 759
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ISBN: 9780465026562
ISBN-10: 0465026567
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 824
Published: 5th February 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.6  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 1.08
Edition Number: 1

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