Gödel, Escher, Bach
by Douglas R. Hostadter
Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
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.
Paperback: 824 Pages
Product Dimensions: 167 x 233 mm
Published by Basic Books