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Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid
Hofstadter, Douglas R., 1945-
Twentieth anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
23 pages, vi-xxi, 777 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Reading Level:
1150 Lexile.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book applies Godel's seminal contribution to modern mathematics to the study of the human mind and the development of artificial intelligence.

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

Preface to GEB's Twentieth-anniversary EditionP-1
Overviewp. viii
List of Illustrationsp. xiv
Words of Thanksp. xix
Part I GEB
Introduction: A Musico-Logical Offeringp. 3
Three-Part Inventionp. 29
Chapter I The MU-puzzlep. 33
Two-Part Inventionp. 43
Chapter II Meaning and Form in Mathematicsp. 46
Sonata for Unaccompanied Achillesp. 61
Chapter III Figure and Groundp. 64
Contracrostipunctusp. 75
Chapter IV Consistency, Completeness, and Geometryp. 82
Little Harmonic Labyrinthp. 103
Chapter V Recursive Structures and Processesp. 127
Canon by Intervallic Augmentationp. 153
Chapter VI The Location of Meaningp. 158
Chromatic Fantasy, And Feudp. 177
Chapter VII The Propositional Calculusp. 181
Crab Canonp. 199
Chapter VIII Typographical Number Theoryp. 204
A Mu Offeringp. 231
Chapter IX Mumon and Godelp. 246
Part II EGBp. 275
Prelude ...p. 285
Chapter X Levels of Description, and Computer Systemsp. 285
... Ant Fuguep. 311
Chapter XI Brains and Thoughtsp. 337
English French German Suitep. 366
Chapter XII Minds and Thoughtsp. 369
Aria with Diverse Variationsp. 391
Chapter XIII BlooP and FlooP and GlooPp. 406
Air on G's Stringp. 431
Chapter XIV On Formally Undecidable Propositions of TNT and Related Systemsp. 438
Birthday Cantatatata ...p. 461
Chapter XV Jumping out of the Systemp. 465
Edifying Thoughts of a Tobacco Smokerp. 480
Chapter XVI Self-Ref and Self-Repp. 495
The Magnificrab, Indeedp. 549
Chapter XVII Church, Turing, Tarski, and Othersp. 559
Shrdlu, Toy of Man's Designingp. 586
Chapter XVIII Artificial Intelligence: Retrospectsp. 594
Contrafactusp. 633
Chapter XIX Artificial Intelligence: Prospectsp. 641
Sloth Canonp. 681
Chapter XX Strange Loops, Or Tangled Hierarchiesp. 684
Six-Part Ricercarp. 720
Notesp. 743
Bibliographyp. 746
Creditsp. 757
Indexp. 759