G  del  Escher  Bach Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

G del Escher Bach


  • Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Publisher : Penguin Group(CA)
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Art and music
  • Pages : 832
  • ISBN 10 : 0140289208

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G del Escher Bach Excerpt :

'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 Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Godel Escher Bach


  • Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1979
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 814
  • ISBN 10 : UCAL:B4281320

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Godel Escher Bach Excerpt :

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 Book
Score: 3.5
From 44 Ratings

I Am a Strange Loop


  • Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2007-08-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465008377

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I Am a Strange Loop Excerpt :

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.

Surfaces and Essences Book
Score: 3
From 7 Ratings

Surfaces and Essences


  • Author : Douglas R Hofstadter
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2013-04-23
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465021581

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Surfaces and Essences Excerpt :

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 extraor

I Have the Right to Culture Book

I Have the Right to Culture


  • Author : Alain Serres
  • Publisher : Groundwood Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2021-10-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 44
  • ISBN 10 : 9781773064918

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I Have the Right to Culture Excerpt :

From the author and illustrator duo who created the award-winning I Have the Right to Be a Child and I Have the Right to Save My Planet comes this beautifully illustrated third book in the series. I Have the Right to Culture explores a child’s right to be curious and to experience all of humanity’s shared knowledge, including music, art, dance and much more. When a child is born, they learn the language of their parents, they sing the songs of their grandparents and they eat the delicious food that their family prepares. They also start to wonder about the lives of other children who live far away. What languages do they speak? What songs do they sing? And what games do they play? Every child has the right to learn about the world they live in, including its history and its inventions. Every child has the right to learn about artists, about writers, about potters and photographers and architects, about musicians and dancers and poets. All of humanity’s treasures are for sharing, and every child has the right to know about what has come before them! Children have the right to partake in culture as proclaimed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Told from the perspective of a child, this colorful and vibrant book explores what it means to be a child who has the right to find beauty in their world. Key Text Features further reading Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.6 Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.8 Identify the reasons an author gives to support points

Metamagical Themas Book
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings

Metamagical Themas


  • Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2008-08-04
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 880
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786723867

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Metamagical Themas Excerpt :

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

The Emperor s New Mind Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Emperor s New Mind


  • Author : Sir Roger Penrose
  • Publisher : Oxford Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 1999-03-04
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 634
  • ISBN 10 : 0192861980

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The Emperor s New Mind Excerpt :

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 Book

I is a Strange Loop


  • Author : Marcus du Sautoy
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2021-06-03
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571360741

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I is a Strange Loop Excerpt :

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

When Einstein Walked with G  del Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

When Einstein Walked with G del


  • Author : Jim Holt
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2018-05-15
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374717841

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When Einstein Walked with G del Excerpt :

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 Magician King Book
Score: 3.5
From 118 Ratings

The Magician King


  • Author : Lev Grossman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-08-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101535530

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The Magician King Excerpt :

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.

The Mind s I Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

The Mind s I


  • Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Publisher : Basic Books (AZ)
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 501
  • ISBN 10 : 0465030912

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The Mind s I Excerpt :

Essays from some of the 20th century's greatest thinkers explore topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, evolution, science fiction, philosophy, reductionism, and consciousness, presenting a variety of conflicting visions of the self and the soul. Illustrations.

Godel s Proof Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Godel s Proof


  • Author : Ernest Nagel
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release Date : 2018-09-14
  • Genre: Gödel's theorem
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN 10 : 9780359079261

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Godel s Proof Excerpt :

In 1931 Kurt Gödel published his paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." Gödel’s paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. However, few scholars were unable to understand Gödel’s ideas. Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and accessible explanation of the main ideas and broad implications of Gödel's discovery.

The Butterfly in the Quantum World Book

The Butterfly in the Quantum World


  • Author : Indubala I Satija
  • Publisher : Morgan & Claypool Publishers
  • Release Date : 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 9781681741178

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The Butterfly in the Quantum World Excerpt :

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.

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies


  • Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Analogy
  • Pages : 518
  • ISBN 10 : 0140258353

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Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies Excerpt :

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.