Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1979-03-01
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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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.

Author Biography

Douglas Hofstadter is professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Table of Contents

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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