G del Escher Bach

G  del  Escher  Bach
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publsiher: Penguin Group(CA)
Total Pages: 832
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780140289206
ISBN 13: 0140289208
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

G del Escher Bach Book Review:

'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.

Godel Escher Bach

Godel  Escher  Bach
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 777
Release: 1979
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UCAL:B4281320
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Godel Escher Bach Book Review:

A young scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view

Godel Escher Bach

Godel  Escher  Bach
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 777
Release: 1979
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UCAL:B4281320
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Godel Escher Bach Book Review:

A young scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view

I Am a Strange Loop

I Am a Strange Loop
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 436
Release: 2007-08-01
ISBN 10: 0465008372
ISBN 13: 9780465008377
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Am a Strange Loop Book Review:

Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, “I” arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the “strange loop”—a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called “I.” The “I” is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse. How can a mysterious abstraction be real—or is our “I” merely a convenient fiction? Does an “I” exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics? These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.

Metamagical Themas

Metamagical Themas
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 880
Release: 2008-08-04
ISBN 10: 0786723866
ISBN 13: 9780786723867
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Metamagical Themas Book Review:

Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

Surfaces and Essences

Surfaces and Essences
Author: Douglas R Hofstadter,Emmanuel Sander
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2013-04-23
ISBN 10: 0465021581
ISBN 13: 9780465021581
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Surfaces and Essences Book Review:

Analogy is the core of all thinking. This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer Prize -- winning author Douglas Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander defend in their new work. Hofstadter has been grappling with the mysteries of human thought for over thirty years. Now, with his trademark wit and special talent for making complex ideas vivid, he has partnered with Sander to put forth a highly novel perspective on cognition. We are constantly faced with a swirling and intermingling multitude of ill-defined situations. Our brain's job is to try to make sense of this unpredictable, swarming chaos of stimuli. How does it do so? The ceaseless hail of input triggers analogies galore, helping us to pinpoint the essence of what is going on. Often this means the spontaneous evocation of words, sometimes idioms, sometimes the triggering of nameless, long-buried memories. Why did two-year-old Camille proudly exclaim, "I undressed the banana!"? Why do people who hear a story often blurt out, "Exactly the same thing happened to me!" when it was a completely different event? How do we recognize an aggressive driver from a split-second glance in our rearview mirror? What in a friend's remark triggers the offhand reply, "That's just sour grapes"? What did Albert Einstein see that made him suspect that light consists of particles when a century of research had driven the final nail in the coffin of that long-dead idea? The answer to all these questions, of course, is analogy-making -- the meat and potatoes, the heart and soul, the fuel and fire, the gist and the crux, the lifeblood and the wellsprings of thought. Analogy-making, far from happening at rare intervals, occurs at all moments, defining thinking from top to toe, from the tiniest and most fleeting thoughts to the most creative scientific insights. Like Gö, Escher, Bach before it, Surfaces and Essences will profoundly enrich our understanding of our own minds. By plunging the reader into an extraordinary variety of colorful situations involving language, thought, and memory, by revealing bit by bit the constantly churning cognitive mechanisms normally completely hidden from view, and by discovering in them one central, invariant core -- the incessant, unconscious quest for strong analogical links to past experiences -- this book puts forth a radical and deeply surprising new vision of the act of thinking.

When Einstein Walked with G del

When Einstein Walked with G  del
Author: Jim Holt
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2018-05-15
ISBN 10: 0374717842
ISBN 13: 9780374717841
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Einstein Walked with G del Book Review:

From Jim Holt, the New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist?, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought. Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas, from Einsteinian relativity to string theory, and also invites us to consider why the greatest logician of the twentieth century believed the U.S. Constitution contained a terrible contradiction—and whether the universe truly has a future.

The Emperor s New Mind

The Emperor s New Mind
Author: Roger Penrose
Publsiher: Oxford Paperbacks
Total Pages: 602
Release: 1999-03-04
ISBN 10: 9780192861986
ISBN 13: 0192861980
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Emperor s New Mind Book Review:

Winner of the Wolf Prize for his contribution to our understanding of the universe, Penrose takes on the question of whether artificial intelligence will ever approach the intricacy of the human mind. 144 illustrations.

I is a Strange Loop

I is a Strange Loop
Author: Marcus du Sautoy,Victoria Gould
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2021-06-03
ISBN 10: 0571360742
ISBN 13: 9780571360741
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I is a Strange Loop Book Review:

Alone in a cube that's glowing in the darkness, X is content within its little universe of infinite thought. This solitude is disturbed by the appearance of Y, who insists on exposing X to the richness of the physical world. Each begins to long for what the other has, luring them into a strange loop. In this play for two variables, Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould use mathematics and theatre to navigate the furthest reaches of our world. Through a series of surreal episodes, X and Y tackle some of life's greatest questions: where did the universe come from, does time have an end, do we have free will? I is a Strange Loop was first performed by the authors at the Barbican Pit, London, in March 2019. 'I is a Strange Loop is a play that plays... with ideas, concepts, abstractions and relationships that are, usually, hidden from the sight of ordinary mortals, articulating the ineffable, incarnating the incorporeal, revealing the inconceivable... it makes us feel we know a great deal more than we do.... and is also very funny, utterly compelling and marvellously human.' Simon McBurney

On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems

On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems
Author: Kurt Gödel
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 72
Release: 1992-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780486669809
ISBN 13: 0486669807
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems Book Review:

In 1931, a young Austrian mathematician published an epoch-making paper containing one of the most revolutionary ideas in logic since Aristotle. Kurt Giidel maintained, and offered detailed proof, that in any arithmetic system, even in elementary parts of arithmetic, there are propositions which cannot be proved or disproved within the system. It is thus uncertain that the basic axioms of arithmetic will not give rise to contradictions. The repercussions of this discovery are still being felt and debated in 20th-century mathematics. The present volume reprints the first English translation of Giidel's far-reaching work. Not only does it make the argument more intelligible, but the introduction contributed by Professor R. B. Braithwaite (Cambridge University}, an excellent work of scholarship in its own right, illuminates it by paraphrasing the major part of the argument. This Dover edition thus makes widely available a superb edition of a classic work of original thought, one that will be of profound interest to mathematicians, logicians and anyone interested in the history of attempts to establish axioms that would provide a rigorous basis for all mathematics. Translated by B. Meltzer, University of Edinburgh. Preface. Introduction by R. B. Braithwaite.

Godel Escher Bach

Godel  Escher  Bach
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 824
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780465026562
ISBN 13: 0465026567
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Godel Escher Bach Book Review:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll 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.

The Butterfly in the Quantum World

The Butterfly in the Quantum World
Author: Indubala I Satija
Publsiher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2016-09-06
ISBN 10: 1681741172
ISBN 13: 9781681741178
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Butterfly in the Quantum World Book Review:

Butterfly in the Quantum World by Indu Satija, with contributions by Douglas Hofstadter, is the first book ever to tell the story of the "Hofstadter butterfly", a beautiful and fascinating graph lying at the heart of the quantum theory of matter. The butterfly came out of a simple-sounding question: What happens if you immerse a crystal in a magnetic field? What energies can the electrons take on? From 1930 onwards, physicists struggled to answer this question, until 1974, when graduate student Douglas Hofstadter discovered that the answer was a graph consisting of nothing but copies of itself nested down infinitely many times. This wild mathematical object caught the physics world totally by surprise, and it continues to mesmerize physicists and mathematicians today. The butterfly plot is intimately related to many other important phenomena in number theory and physics, including Apollonian gaskets, the Foucault pendulum, quasicrystals, the quantum Hall effect, and many more. Its story reflects the magic, the mystery, and the simplicity of the laws of nature, and Indu Satija, in a wonderfully personal style, relates this story, enriching it with a vast number of lively historical anecdotes, many photographs, beautiful visual images, and even poems, making her book a great feast, for the eyes, for the mind and for the soul.

Incompleteness The Proof and Paradox of Kurt G del Great Discoveries

Incompleteness  The Proof and Paradox of Kurt G  del  Great Discoveries
Author: Rebecca Goldstein
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2006-02-17
ISBN 10: 0393327604
ISBN 13: 9780393327601
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Incompleteness The Proof and Paradox of Kurt G del Great Discoveries Book Review:

A portrait of the eminent twentieth-century mathematician discusses his theorem of incompleteness, relationships with such contemporaries as Albert Einstein, and untimely death as a result of mental instability and self-starvation.

The Magician King

The Magician King
Author: Lev Grossman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2011-08-09
ISBN 10: 1101535539
ISBN 13: 9781101535530
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Magician King Book Review:

Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians, now an original series on SYFY, from the author of the #1 bestselling The Magician’s Land. Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring. Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 518
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9780140258356
ISBN 13: 0140258353
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies Book Review:

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.

Godel s Proof

Godel s Proof
Author: Ernest Nagel,James R. Newman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2012-11-12
ISBN 10: 1134953992
ISBN 13: 9781134953998
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Godel s Proof Book Review:

The first book to present a readable explanation of Godel's theorem to both scholars and non-specialists, this is a gripping combination of science and accessibility, offering those with a taste for logic and philosophy the chance to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

The Mind s I

The Mind s I
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter,Daniel Clement Dennett
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 501
Release: 1981
ISBN 10: 9780140062533
ISBN 13: 014006253X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mind s I Book Review:

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time
Author: Robert McCrum
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 287
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 9781903385838
ISBN 13: 1903385830
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time Book Review:

100 Best Non Fiction Books has its origins in the recent 2 year-long Observer serial which every week featured a work of non fiction). It is also a companion volume to McCrum's very successful 100 Best Novels published by Galileo in 2015. The list of books starts in 1611 with the King James Bible and ends in 2014 with Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction. And in between, on this extraordinary voyage through the written treasures of our culture we meet Pepys' Diaries, Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and a whole host of additional works.

The Grand Biocentric Design

The Grand Biocentric Design
Author: Robert Lanza,Matej Pavsic,Bob Berman
Publsiher: BenBella Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-11-17
ISBN 10: 1950665550
ISBN 13: 9781950665556
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Grand Biocentric Design Book Review:

What if life isn't just a part of the universe . . . what if it determines the very structure of the universe itself? The theory that blew your mind in Biocentrism and Beyond Biocentrism is back, with brand-new research revealing the startling truth about our existence. What is consciousness? Why are we here? Where did it all come from—the laws of nature, the stars, the universe? Humans have been asking these questions forever, but science hasn't succeeded in providing many answers—until now. In The Grand Biocentric Design, Robert Lanza, one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," is joined by theoretical physicist Matej Pavšic and astronomer Bob Berman to shed light on the big picture that has long eluded philosophers and scientists alike. This engaging, mind-stretching exposition of how the history of physics has led us to Biocentrism—the idea that life creates reality-takes readers on a step-by-step adventure into the great science breakthroughs of the past centuries, from Newton to the weirdness of quantum theory, culminating in recent revelations that will challenge everything you think you know about our role in the universe. ​This book offers the most complete explanation of the science behind Biocentrism to date, delving into the origins of the memorable principles introduced in previous books in this series, as well as introducing new principles that complete the theory. The authors dive deep into topics including consciousness, time, and the evidence that our observations-or even knowledge in our minds-can affect how physical objects behave. The Grand Biocentric Design is a one-of-a-kind, groundbreaking explanation of how the universe works, and an exploration of the science behind the astounding fact that time, space, and reality itself, all ultimately depend upon us.

Virus of the Mind

Virus of the Mind
Author: Richard Brodie
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-02-15
ISBN 10: 1401924697
ISBN 13: 9781401924690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Virus of the Mind Book Review:

Virus of the Mind is the first popular book devoted to the science of memetics, a controversial new field that transcends psychology, biology, anthropology, and cognitive science. Memetics is the science of memes, the invisible but very real DNA of human society. In Virus of the Mind, Richard Brodie carefully builds on the work of scientists Richard Dawkins, Douglas Hofstadter, Daniel Dennett, and others who have become fascinated with memes and their potential impact on our lives. But Richard goes beyond science and dives into the meat of the issue: is the emergence of this new science going to have an impact on our lives like the emergence of atomic physics did in the Cold War? He would say the impact will be at least as great. While atomic bombs affect everybody’s life, viruses of the mind touch lives in a more personal and more pernicious way. Mind viruses have already infected governments, educational systems, and inner cities, leading to some of the most pervasive and troublesome problems of society today: youth gangs, the welfare cycle, the deterioration of the public schools, and ever-growing government bureaucracy. Viruses of the mind are not a future worry: they are here with us now and are evolving to become better and better at their job of infecting us. The recent explosion of mass media and the information superhighway has made the earth a prime breeding ground for viruses of the mind. Will there be a mental plague? Will only some of us survive with our free will intact? Richard Brodie weaves together science, ethics, and current events as he raises these and other very disturbing questions about memes.