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Author Hofstadter, Douglas R., 1945-

Title Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid / Douglas R. Hofstadter.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, [1999]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Rockford University Stacks - RKC-ILDS  QA9.8 .H63 1999    AVAILABLE
 Sycamore PL Adult 2nd Floor - SYLY-12  510.1 HOF    AVAILABLE
Edition Twentieth anniversary edition.
Description 23 pages, vi-xxi, 777 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 746-756) and index.
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.
Summary 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. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.
Audience 1150 Lexile.
Subject Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.
Escher, M. C. (Maurits Cornelis), 1898-1972.
Gödel, Kurt.
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. (OCoLC)fst00031701
Escher, M. C. (Maurits Cornelis), 1898-1972. (OCoLC)fst00030396
Gödel, Kurt. (OCoLC)fst00030398
Artificial intelligence.
Inteligęncia artificial.
Artificial intelligence. (OCoLC)fst00817247
Metamathematics. (OCoLC)fst01018261
Symmetry. (OCoLC)fst01140811
ISBN 0394756827 paperback
9780394756820 paperback
0465026567 cover
9780465026562 cover

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