Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

by Douglas Hofstadter (Author), Douglas Hofstadter (Author)


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.


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Format: Illustrated
Pages: 777
Edition: 20th Anniversary ed.
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: 15 Jan 1999

ISBN 10: 0465026567
ISBN 13: 9780465026562

Media Reviews
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction
Winner of the National Book Award in Science
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
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
A brilliant, creative, and very personal synthesis without precedent or peer in modern literature. --The American Mathematical Monthly
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 huge, sprawling literary marvel, a philosophy book disguised as a book of entertainment disguised as a book of instruction. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A triumph of cleverness, bravura performance. --Parabola
A wondrous book that unites and explains, in a very entertaining way, many of the important ideas of recent intellectual history. --Commonweal
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
Author Bio
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.