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G Del Escher Bach

Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
ISBN : 0140289208
Genre : Art and music
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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.
Category: Art and music

G Del Escher Bach

Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
ISBN : 0394745027
Genre : Artificial intelligence
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"A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the manner of Lewis Carroll"--Cover subtitle.
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Godel Escher Bach

Author : Douglas R. Hofstadter
ISBN : UCAL:B4281320
Genre : Mathematics
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A young scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view
Category: Mathematics

Virtual Music

Author : David Cope
ISBN : 026203283X
Genre : Computers
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Based on a colloquium held at Stanford University, Nov. 8-9, 1997.
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Music In The Words

Author : Alan Frederick Shockley
ISBN : 0754661997
Genre : Music
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Can a novel follow the form of a symphony and still succeed as a novel? Can musical counterpoint be mimicked by words on a page? Alan Shockley begins looking for answers by examining music's appeal for novelists and exploring two brief works, a prose fugue by Douglas Hofstadter, and a short story by Anthony Burgess modeled after a Mozart symphony. Analyses of three large, emblematic attempts at musical writing follow along with discussions on two recent brief novels. From the perspective of a composer, Shockley offers the reader fresh tools for approaching these dense and often daunting texts.
Category: Music

Sweet Reason

Author : Tom Tymoczko
ISBN : 0387989307
Genre : Mathematics
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A revolutionary, introductory text for courses on modern logic. While the basic rudiments of formal and informal logical are all clearly described here, it also focuses students on the real world, where the discipline of logic adds substance and meaning to all kinds of human discourse. Everything from puzzles, paradoxes, and mathematical proofs, to campaign debate excerpts, government regulations, and cartoons are used to show how logic is put to work by philosophers, mathematicians, advertisers, computer scientists, politicians, and others. As the book alternately discusses, instructs, questions, teases, and challenges, readers will find themselves absorbing the fundamentals of the discipline, becoming fluent in the language of logic, understanding how logic works in the real world, and enjoying logic's ability to entertain, surprise, subvert, and enlighten.
Category: Mathematics

Who S Who Of Pulitzer Prize Winners

Author : Elizabeth A. Brennan
ISBN : 1573561118
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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List Pulitzer Prize winners in thirty-nine different categories, arranged chronologically, with biographical and career information, selected works, other awards, and a brief commentary, along with material on Pulitzer.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Physics Metaphysics And God

Author : Jack W. Geis
ISBN : 9781452046600
Genre : Religion
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"At long last, a promising dialogue between science and medicine has begun. A focal point of this discussion is healing and how it happens. Jack W. Geis shows how modern physics and spirituality are centrally involved in this debate. No one who is interested in the current interface between science, spirituality and medicine can afford to neglect his ideas."-Larry Dossey, MD, Author: Healing Beyond the Body, and Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine "This book introduces some of the most perplexing and exciting aspects of the revolution going on in physics today as it continues toward an increasingly metaphysical basis for defining reality. This exciting scientific revolution should be shared by everyone and the issues taken up in this book form a basis for that participation. That the math is not in the chalk is becoming increasingly evident, as well as the question as to which is more substantial."-Dr. Laurance R. Doyle, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute
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Critical Communication Theory

Author : Sue Curry Jansen
ISBN : 9780742575684
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Looking at issues of globalization, science, politics, gender, etc. this book advocates a new agenda not only for communication research, but also for the writing that comes out of it.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Power Of Will In International Conflict How To Think Critically In Complex Environments

Author : Wayne Michael Hall
ISBN : 9781440866135
Genre : Political Science
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This comprehensive work provides a treasure trove of ways to seek, find, and use the power of will to gain an advantage over one's opponents in mental conflicts. • Offers a 14-element model of will and 18 considerations for decision-makers • Provides a detailed definition of will in the context of conflict • Presents a system of thought for putting the theory of will into practice • Builds a solid foundation of will based on theory, history, and philosophy
Category: Political Science

Ganto S Ax

Author : Jesse Russell
ISBN : 5511412740
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Ganto's Ax is the term used for a situation in logic in which a (usually negative) outcome occurs no matter what action is taken. It is mentioned in the book Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter. Hofstadter sourced this koan from the book "Zen Koans" by Venerable Gyomay M. Kubose.

Incompleteness The Proof And Paradox Of Kurt G Del Great Discoveries

Author : Rebecca Goldstein
ISBN : 9780393242454
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"A gem…An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought." —Steven Pinker Probing the life and work of Kurt Gödel, Incompleteness indelibly portrays the tortured genius whose vision rocked the stability of mathematical reasoning—and brought him to the edge of madness.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Computational Beauty Of Nature

Author : Gary William Flake
ISBN : 0262561271
Genre : Computers
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In this book, Gary William Flake develops in depth the simple idea that recurrent rules can produce rich and complicated behaviors. Distinguishing "agents" (e.g., molecules, cells, animals, and species) from their interactions (e.g., chemical reactions, immune system responses, sexual reproduction, and evolution), Flake argues that it is the computational properties of interactions that account for much of what we think of as "beautiful" and "interesting." From this basic thesis, Flake explores what he considers to be today's four most interesting computational topics: fractals, chaos, complex systems, and adaptation.
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Uncanny Valley

Author : Lawrence Weschler
ISBN : 9781582438412
Genre : Social Science
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Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschlers articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Uncanny Valley continues the page-turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years. The title piece surveys the hapless efforts of digital animators to fashion a credible human face, the endlessly elusive gold standard of the profession. Other highlights include profiles of novelist Mark Salzman, as he wrestles with a hilariously harrowing bout of writers block; the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch, as he is forced to revisit his work on Apocalypse Now in the context of the more recent Iraqi war film Jarhead; and the artist Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying no less than a dozen sleeping figures. With his signature style and endless ability to wonder, Weschler proves yet again that the “world is strange, beautiful, and connected (The Globe and Mail).Uncanny Valley demonstrates his matchless ability to analyze the marvels he finds in places and people and offers us a new, sublime way of seeing the world.
Category: Social Science

The Self Aware Universe

Author : Amit Goswami
ISBN : 1440674272
Genre : Science
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Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence, declares University of Oregon physicist Goswami, echoing the mystic sages of his native India. He holds that the universe is self-aware, and that consciousness creates the physical world.
Category: Science

Little Boys Come From The Stars

Author : Emmanuel Dongala
ISBN : 9780374708054
Genre : Fiction
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The peculiar and moving story of a Congolese boy's coming-of-age amid the political strife of postcolonial Congo "It is even said-but I admit that it's difficult to believe, even though I got this from my uncle-that when Papa was born, you couldn't follow the World Cup or the Olympics live and that Coca-Cola had yet to spread the selling of soft drinks to our village. Michael Jackson had yet to become famous . . . If all this was really true, I wonder how men managed to fill up the twenty-four hours of the day, three hundred sixty-five days a year." His nickname is Matapari, which means "trouble." He is an African child of the '90s-brilliant, mischievous, postcolonial, postmodern-caught in the crossfire of a chaotically liberated African country. Matapari grows up in a world of talking drums, the Internet, and satellite TV, a world of dictators who remake themselves as democrats overnight. His uncle is a stooge for the dictator; his father is a scholarly recluse obsessed with proving that blacks played key roles in Western history. Matapari is a young man in the middle-but the shrewdness and wit with which he tells his often riotously funny story set him apart from his relatives and countrymen. Emmanuel Dongala uses the ingenious viewpoint of a child to show up the telltale world of adults-and to show how one preserves one's independence in a corrupt and violent society.
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Reality And Mystical Experience

Author : F. Samuel Brainard
ISBN : 9780271030210
Genre : Religion
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Responding to our modern disillusionment with any claims to absolute truth regarding morality or reality, this book offers a conceptual approach for discussing absolutes without denying either the relevance of divergent religious and philosophical teachings or the evidence supporting postmodern and poststructuralist critiques. Case studies of mysticism within Advaita-Ved&_nta Hinduism, M&_dhyamika Buddhism, and Nicene Christianity demonstrate the value of this approach and offer many fresh insights into the metaphysical presuppositions of these religions as well as into the nature and value of mystical experience. Like Douglas Hofstadter's G&_del, Escher, Bach, this book finds ultimate reality to be rationally graspable only as an eternal fugue of pattern and paradox. Yet it does not so much counter other philosophical views as provide a conceptual tool for understanding and classifying incommensurable views.
Category: Religion

Advanced Logo

Author : Michael Friendly
ISBN : 9781317766780
Genre : Psychology
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Advanced Logo shows how LOGO can be used as a vehicle to promote problem solving skills among secondary students, college students, and instructors. The book demonstrates the wide range of educational domains that can be explored through LOGO including generative grammars, physical laws of motion and mechanics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and calculus.
Category: Psychology

Mathematics Of Physics And Engineering

Author : Edward K. Blum
ISBN : 9789812566218
Genre : Mathematics
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Aimed at scientists and engineers, this book is an exciting intellectual journey through the mathematical worlds of Euclid, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and Schrodinger-Dirac.While similar books present the required mathematics in a piecemeal manner with tangential references to the relevant physics and engineering, this textbook serves the interdisciplinary needs of engineers, scientists and applied mathematicians by unifying the mathematics and physics into a single systematic body of knowledge but preserving the rigorous logical development of the mathematics.The authors take an unconventional approach by integrating the mathematics with its motivating physical phenomena and, conversely, by showing how the mathematical models predict new physical phenomena.
Category: Mathematics

Math Hysteria

Author : Ian Stewart
ISBN : 9780191647451
Genre : Mathematics
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Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! In Math Hysteria, Professor Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale: Counting the Cattle of the Sun; The Great Drain Robbery; and Preposterous Piratical Predicaments; to name but a few. Along the way, we also meet many curious characters: in short, these stories are engaging, challenging, and lots of fun!
Category: Mathematics