Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Paperback)

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What is thought? What is a mind? If you like big, tough questions, tackled with intelligence and humor, you should read this. Possibly the most profound book ever written about mathematical logic and computer science.

— From Alex


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, 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 of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780465026562
ISBN-10: 0465026567
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: February 5th, 1999
Pages: 824
Language: English