Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

By looking at the brilliant minds of mathematician Kurt Godel, graphic artist M. C. Escher, and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, computer-science and cognitive-science professor Douglas Hofstadter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_hofstadter) ties together the aesthetic gift of pattern recognition and manipulation with theories on artificial intelligence, human intelligence, and the essence of self-awareness. Godel, Escher, Bach (1979) is not a simple read. The ideas are complex and the logic subtle. But it is a completely satisfying book, and reading it is one of those rare experiences when you somehow sense that you are smarter than when you started.

Available in paperback at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Godel-Escher-Bach-Eternal-Golden/dp/0465026567/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389964671&sr=8-1&keywords=godel+escher+bach or enquire at your local library.

832 pages in Basic Books paperback edition

ISBN 978-0465026562

Douglas Hofstadter

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