Gödel, Escher, Bach

Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

  • Publisher : Penguin Group(CA)
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 832
  • ISBN : 9780140289206
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'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.

I Am a Strange Loop

I Am a Strange Loop
A Book

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 2007-08-01
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN : 0465008372
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Godel's Proof

Godel's Proof
A Book

by Ernest Nagel,James R. Newman

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2012-11-12
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN : 1134953992
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Metamagical Themas

Metamagical Themas
Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 2008-08-04
  • Pages : 880
  • ISBN : 0786723866
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

The Book of Not Knowing

The Book of Not Knowing
Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness

by Peter Ralston

  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 581
  • ISBN : 1556438575
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A martial artist and author of Zen Body-Being explains how to master self-awareness through the practice of becoming comfortable with not knowing and breaking free from old habits, cherished presumptions, and a stubbornly solid sense of self. Original.

Surfaces and Essences

Surfaces and Essences
Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking

by Douglas Hofstadter,Emmanuel Sander

  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 2013-04-23
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN : 0465021581
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Is there one central mechanism upon which all human thinking rests? Cognitive scientists Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander argue that there is. At this core is our incessant proclivity to take what we perceive, to abstract it, and to find resemblances to prior experiences--in other words, our ability to make analogies. In The Essence of Thought, Hofstadter and Sander show how analogy-making pervades our thought at all levels--indeed, that we make analogies not once a day or once an hour, but many times per second. Thus, analogy is the mechanism that, silently and hidden, chooses our words and phrases for us when we speak, frames how we understand the most banal everyday situation, guides us in unfamiliar situations, and gives rise to great acts of imagination. We categorize because of analogies that range from simple to subtle, and thus our categories, throughout our lives, expand and grow ever more fluid. Through examples galore and lively prose peppered, needless to say, with analogies large and small, Hofstadter and Sander offer us a new way of thinking about thinking.

The Mind's I

The Mind's I
Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul

by Douglas R. Hofstadter,Daniel Clement Dennett

  • Publisher : Basic Books (AZ)
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 501
  • ISBN : 9780465030910
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems

On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems
A Book

by Kurt Gödel

  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Release : 2012-05-24
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN : 0486158403
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First English translation of revolutionary paper (1931) that established that even in elementary parts of arithmetic, there are propositions which cannot be proved or disproved within the system. Introduction by R. B. Braithwaite.

An Introduction to Bach Studies

An Introduction to Bach Studies
A Book

by Daniel R. Melamed,Michael Marissen

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release : 1998-04-30
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN : 0195122313
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The authors emphasize the issues that have engaged Bach scholars for generations, focusing on particularly important writings; on recent literature; on overviews, collections of essays and handbooks; and on writings in English. Subjects covered include bibliographic tools of Bach research and sources of literature; Bach's family; Bach biographies; places Bach lived and worked; Bach's teaching; the liturgy; Bach source studies and the transmission of his music; repertory and editions; genres and individual vocal and instrumental works; performance practice; the reception and analysis of Bach's music; and many others. The book also offers explanations of important and potentially confusing topics in Bach research, such as the organization of the annual cantata cycles, pitch standards, the history of the Berlin libraries, the structure of the critical commentary volumes in the Neue Bach-Ausgabe, and so on.

A Profile of Mathematical Logic

A Profile of Mathematical Logic
A Book

by Howard DeLong

  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Release : 2012-09-26
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0486139158
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This introduction to mathematical logic explores philosophical issues and Gödel's Theorem. Its widespread influence extends to the author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, whose Pulitzer Prize–winning book was inspired by this work.

Eloquent Ruby

Eloquent Ruby
A Book

by Russ Olsen

  • Publisher : Addison-Wesley Professional
  • Release : 2011-02-07
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 0321700279
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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It’s easy to write correct Ruby code, but to gain the fluency needed to write great Ruby code, you must go beyond syntax and absorb the “Ruby way” of thinking and problem solving. In Eloquent Ruby, Russ Olsen helps you write Ruby like true Rubyists do–so you can leverage its immense, surprising power. Olsen draws on years of experience internalizing the Ruby culture and teaching Ruby to other programmers. He guides you to the “Ah Ha!” moments when it suddenly becomes clear why Ruby works the way it does, and how you can take advantage of this language’s elegance and expressiveness. Eloquent Ruby starts small, answering tactical questions focused on a single statement, method, test, or bug. You’ll learn how to write code that actually looks like Ruby (not Java or C#); why Ruby has so many control structures; how to use strings, expressions, and symbols; and what dynamic typing is really good for. Next, the book addresses bigger questions related to building methods and classes. You’ll discover why Ruby classes contain so many tiny methods, when to use operator overloading, and when to avoid it. Olsen explains how to write Ruby code that writes its own code–and why you’ll want to. He concludes with powerful project-level features and techniques ranging from gems to Domain Specific Languages. A part of the renowned Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series, Eloquent Ruby will help you “put on your Ruby-colored glasses” and get results that make you a true believer.

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)
A Book

by Rebecca Goldstein

  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 2006-02-17
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 0393327604
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Elementary Linear Algebra

Elementary Linear Algebra
A Book

by Stephen Andrilli,David Hecker

  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 2010-02-04
  • Pages : 768
  • ISBN : 9780080886251
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Elementary Linear Algebra develops and explains in careful detail the computational techniques and fundamental theoretical results central to a first course in linear algebra. This highly acclaimed text focuses on developing the abstract thinking essential for further mathematical study The authors give early, intensive attention to the skills necessary to make students comfortable with mathematical proofs. The text builds a gradual and smooth transition from computational results to general theory of abstract vector spaces. It also provides flexbile coverage of practical applications, exploring a comprehensive range of topics. Ancillary list: * Maple Algorithmic testing- Maple TA- www.maplesoft.com Includes a wide variety of applications, technology tips and exercises, organized in chart format for easy reference More than 310 numbered examples in the text at least one for each new concept or application Exercise sets ordered by increasing difficulty, many with multiple parts for a total of more than 2135 questions Provides an early introduction to eigenvalues/eigenvectors A Student solutions manual, containing fully worked out solutions and instructors manual available

Mind Tools

Mind Tools
The Five Levels of Mathematical Reality

by Rudy Rucker

  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Release : 2013-11-21
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN : 0486492281
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Originally published: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987.

Theory of Formal Systems

Theory of Formal Systems
A Book

by Raymond M. Smullyan,Smullyan Raymond M

  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 1961
  • Pages : 142
  • ISBN : 9780691080475
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book serves both as a completely self-contained introduction and as an exposition of new results in the field of recursive function theory and its application to formal systems.

The Second Circle: Using Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation

The Second Circle: Using Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation
A Book

by Patsy Rodenburg

  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 2017-09-26
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0393354881
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The key to unlocking your power—and the inspired life that comes with it—from the renowned voice and acting coach. You know that person: the one with that certain something. And you’ve probably dismissed that something as unattainable, simply innate. But it’s a myth that some are born with “it” and others aren’t. Everybody can have that presence—and the peaceful self-acceptance that powers it. Patsy Rodenburg reveals that the secret is learning to inhabit “the second circle”: the optimal state between the first circle of introversion and self-doubt and the third of aggression and narcissism. She provides exercises to help you break the habits that constrict your real power and to better cope with the negative behaviors and attitudes of those around you. With wisdom and patience, Rodenburg teaches you how to communicate effectively at home, work, school, and—most important—with yourself. The Second Circle will empower you to meet life’s most extraordinary trials with brio and to embrace the joys and challenges of every single day.

Software Engineering for Large Software Systems

Software Engineering for Large Software Systems
A Book

by B.A. Kitchenham

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2012-12-06
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN : 9400907710
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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These proceedings include tutorials and papers presented at the Sixth CSR Confer ence on the topic of Large Software Systems. The aim of the Conference was to identify solutions to the problems of developing and maintaining large software systems, based on approaches which are currently being undertaken by software practitioners. These proceedings are intended to make these solutions more widely available to the software industry. The papers from software practitioners describe: • important working systems, highlighting their problems and successes; • techniques for large system development and maintenance, including project management, quality management, incremental delivery, system security, in dependent V & V, and reverse engineering. In addition, academic and industrial researchers discuss the practical impact of current research in formal methods, object-oriented design and advanced environ ments. The keynote paper is provided by Professor Brian Warboys of ICL and the University of Manchester, who masterminded the development of the ICL VME Operating System, and the production of the first database-driven software en gineering environment (CADES). The proceedings commence with reports of the two tutorial sessions which preceded the conference: • Professor Keith Bennett of the Centre for Software Maintenance at Durham University on Software Maintenance; • Professor John McDermid of the University of York on Systems Engineering Environments for High Integrity Systems. The remaining papers deal with reports on existing systems (starting with Professor Warboys' keynote paper), approaches to large systems development, methods for large systems maintenance and the expected impact of current research.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
A Book

by Richard Hofstadter

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2012-01-04
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 0307809676
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction. In this award-winning classic work of consensus history, Richard Hofstadter, author of The Age of Reform, examines the role of social movements in the perception of intellect in American life. "As Mr. Hofstadter unfolds the fascinating story, it is no crude battle of eggheads and fatheads. It is a rich, complex, shifting picture of the life of the mind in a society dominated by the ideal of practical success." --Robert Peel in the Christian Science Monitor

Adaptive Agents and Multi-Agent Systems II

Adaptive Agents and Multi-Agent Systems II
Adaptation and Multi-Agent Learning

by Daniel Kudenko,Dimitar Kazakov,Eduardo Alonso

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2005-03-04
  • Pages : 313
  • ISBN : 9783540252603
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Adaptive agents and multi-agent systems is an emerging and exciting interdisciplinary area of research and development involving artificial intelligence, software engineering, and developmental biology, as well as cognitive and social science. This book presents 17 revised and carefully reviewed papers taken from two workshops on the topic as well as 2 invited papers by leading researchers in the area. The papers deal with various aspects of machine learning, adaptation, and evolution in the context of agent systems and autonomous agents.

Alice in Numberland

Alice in Numberland
A Students’ Guide to the Enjoyment of Higher Mathematics

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Macmillan International Higher Education
  • Release : 1988-11-11
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN : 134909532X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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