G del Escher Bach

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0394745027
Release Date: 1980
Genre: Artificial intelligence

"A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the manner of Lewis Carroll"--Cover subtitle.

G del Escher Bach

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher:
ISBN: 0140179976
Release Date: 1979
Genre: Artificial intelligence


G del Escher Bach

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Penguin Group(CA)
ISBN: 0140289208
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Art and music

'What is a self and how can a self come out of inanimate matter?' This is the riddle that drove Douglas Hofstadter to write this extraordinary book. In order to impart his original and personal view on the core mystery of human existence - our intangible sensation of 'I'-ness - Hofstadter defines the playful yet seemingly paradoxical notion of 'strange loop', and explicates this idea using analogies from many disciplines.

I Am a Strange Loop

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465030781
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Philosophy

An original, endlessly thought-provoking, and controversial look at the nature of consciousness and identity argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop," a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains.

Metamagical Themas

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553346830
Release Date: 1986-05-01
Genre: Psychology


Surfaces and Essences

Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465018475
Release Date: 2013-04-23
Genre: Philosophy

Shows how analogy-making pervades human thought at all levels, influencing the choice of words and phrases in speech, providing guidance in unfamiliar situations, and giving rise to great acts of imagination.

Godel s Proof

Author: Ernest Nagel
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814758014
Release Date: 2001-10-01
Genre: Mathematics

In 1931 Kurt Gödel published his fundamental paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." This revolutionary paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. Gödel received public recognition of his work in 1951 when he was awarded the first Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences—perhaps the highest award of its kind in the United States. The award committee described his work in mathematical logic as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times." However, few mathematicians of the time were equipped to understand the young scholar's complex proof. Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and accessible explanation to both scholars and non-specialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Gödel's discovery. It offers every educated person with a taste for logic and philosophy the chance to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject. Marking the 50th anniversary of the original publication of Gödel's Proof, New York University Press is proud to publish this special anniversary edition of one of its bestselling and most frequently translated books. With a new introduction by Douglas R. Hofstadter, this book will appeal students, scholars, and professionals in the fields of mathematics, computer science, logic and philosophy, and science.

The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges Library of Babel

Author: William Goldbloom Bloch
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199715165
Release Date: 2008-08-25
Genre: Mathematics

"The Library of Babel" is arguably Jorge Luis Borges' best known story--memorialized along with Borges on an Argentine postage stamp. Now, in The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel, William Goldbloom Bloch takes readers on a fascinating tour of the mathematical ideas hidden within one of the classic works of modern literature. Written in the vein of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning G?del, Escher, Bach, this original and imaginative book sheds light on one of Borges' most complex, richly layered works. Bloch begins each chapter with a mathematical idea--combinatorics, topology, geometry, information theory--followed by examples and illustrations that put flesh on the theoretical bones. In this way, he provides many fascinating insights into Borges' Library. He explains, for instance, a straightforward way to calculate how many books are in the Library--an easily notated but literally unimaginable number--and also shows that, if each book were the size of a grain of sand, the entire universe could only hold a fraction of the books in the Library. Indeed, if each book were the size of a proton, our universe would still not be big enough to hold anywhere near all the books. Given Borges' well-known affection for mathematics, this exploration of the story through the eyes of a humanistic mathematician makes a unique and important contribution to the body of Borgesian criticism. Bloch not only illuminates one of the great short stories of modern literature but also exposes the reader--including those more inclined to the literary world--to many intriguing and entrancing mathematical ideas.

The Mind s I

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group
ISBN: 0553345842
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Philosophy

Brilliant, shattering, mind-jolting, "The Mind's I" is a searching, probing nook--a cosmic journey of the mind--that goes deeply into the problem of self and self-consciousness as anything written in our time. From verbalizing chimpanzees to scientific speculations involving machines with souls, from the mesmerizing, maze-like fiction of Borges to the tantalizing, dreamlike fiction of Lem and Princess Ineffable, her circuits glowing read and gold, "The Mind's I " opens the mind to the Black Box of fantasy, to the windfalls of reflection, to new dimensions of exciting possibilities.

The Annotated Turing

Author: Charles Petzold
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470229057
Release Date: 2008-06-16
Genre: Computers

Provides an expansion of Turing's original paper, a brief look at his life, and information on the Turing machine and computability topics.

Le Ton Beau de Marot

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
ISBN: 0465086454
Release Date: 1998-05
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Analyzes the various translations of an obscure French poem to show the endless complexity of humans and their languages

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher:
ISBN: 0140258353
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Analogy

Hosftadter and his colleagues at The Fluid Analogies Research Group have developed computer models that help describe and explain human discovery, creation and analogical thought. The key issue of perception is investigated through the exploration of playful anagrams, number puzzles, word play and fanciful alphabetical styles, and the result is a survey of cognitive processes. This text presents the results.