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Hofstadter, Douglas R. 1945-

Overview
Works: 145 works in 880 publications in 14 languages and 21,038 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Novels in verse  Biographies  History  Domestic fiction  Poetry  Dictionaries  Historical fiction  Historical drama 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Douglas R Hofstadter
Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

158 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 4,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The mind's I : fantasies and reflections on self and soul by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

72 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ISBN 0576504624X LCCN 8166099
I am a strange loop by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

37 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hofstadter's long-awaited return to the themes of Gödel, Escher, Bach--an original and controversial view of the nature of consciousness and identity. What do we mean when we say "I"? Can a self, a soul, a consciousness, an "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? This book argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. Deep down, a human brain is a chaotic soup of particles, on a higher level it is a jungle of neurons, and on a yet higher level it is a network of abstractions that we call "symbols." The most central and complex symbol in your brain or mine is the one we both call "I." But how can such a mysterious abstraction be real--or is our "I" merely a convenient fiction?--From publisher description
Metamagical themas : questing for the essence of mind and pattern by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

51 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes articles, many of which originally appeared in Scientific American, on memes, innumeracy, William Safire, Frederic Chopin, Rubik's Cube, strange attractors, Lisp, Heisenburg's uncertainty principle, quantum mechanics, Alan Turing, sphexishness, Prisoner's dilemma, and other topics
Virtual music : computer synthesis of musical style by David Cope( )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a colloquium held at Stanford University, Nov. 8-9, 1997
Surfaces and essences : analogy as the fuel and fire of thinking by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows how analogy-making pervades human thought at all levels, influencing the choice of words and phrases in speech, providing guidance in unfamiliar situations, and giving rise to great acts of imagination
Alan Turing : the enigma : the book that inspired the film The imitation game by Andrew Hodges( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gripping story of mathematics, science, computing, war history, cryptography, and homosexual persecution and liberation. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936-- the concept of a universal machine-- laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program-- all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime. This New York Times bestselling biography of the founder of computer science and artificial intelligence, with a new preface by the author that addresses Turing's royal pardon in 2013, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life
Fluid concepts & creative analogies : computer models of the fundamental mechanisms of thought by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

30 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two ideas pervade the research. One is that the key question to answer is "What is a concept?" This means understanding how concepts overlap and trigger one another, how their fluid boundaries come about, how they give rise to generalizations and analogies, and so on. The second idea is that mental activity is fundamentally parallel, with many tiny agents independently carrying out small "subcognitive" acts and collectively building up coherent mental structures. Such agents lie far above the neural level, yet far below the conscious level; the hypothetical level of the brain at which they reside thus constitutes a largely uncharted substrate for thought. With these intuitions as guides, Hofstadter and the members of the Fluid Analogies Research Group have developed computer models that operate in small but extraordinarily challenging domains: playful anagram and number puzzles, analogy puzzles involving letter strings or tabletop objects, and fanciful alphabetic styles
Le ton beau de Marot : in praise of the music of language by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

21 editions published in 1997 in English and French and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not Merely a set of translations of one poem, Le Ton beau de Marot is an autobiographical essay, a love letter to the French language, a series of musings on life, loss, and death, a sweet bouquet of stirring poetry - but most of all, it celebrates the limitless creativity fired by a passion for the music of words. Dozens of literary themes and creations are woven into the picture, including Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Dante's Inferno, Salinger's Catcher in the Rye
Alan Turing : the enigma by Andrew Hodges( )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and German and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936{u2014}the concept of a universal machine{u2014}laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program{u2014}all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime
Gödel's proof by Ernest Nagel( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1931 Kurt Godel disrupted some of the fundamental assumptions underlying mathematics and logic with the publication of his revolutionary paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." Ironically, few mathematicians of the time were able to understand the young scholar's complex proof, and the full importance of this work was largely overlooked for many years. Godel was at last recognized by his peers and presented with the first Albert Einstein Award in 1951 for achievement in the natural sciences - the highest honor of its kind in the United States. The award committee, which included Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, described his work as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."" "In Godel's Proof, Ernest Nagel and James Newman provide a readable and non-technical explanation for both scholars and non-specialists of the main ideas and broad implications of Godel's discovery. First published in 1958 and in print continuously in ten languages, this highly popular, seminal work offers every educated person with an interest in mathematics, logic, and philosophy the opportunity to understand a previously difficult and inaccessible subject."--Jacket
Exact thinking in demented times : the Vienna Circle and the epic quest for the foundations of science by Karl Sigmund( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In post-World War I Vienna, some of the most brilliant minds of that generation came together to prove true or false the ideas that had supported math, physics, and philosophy since antiquity, but which were essentially assumptions. Inspired by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and Bertrand Russell's search for the foundations of mathematics, these young intellectuals sought to develop and propagate a worldview entirely based on science. They called themselves the Vienna Circle. The founding members - philosopher Moritz Schlick, economist Otto Neurath, and mathematician Hans Hahn - set out to create a purely science-based philosophy, free from jargon and obscure metaphysics. They were soon joined by luminaries such as Kurt Gödel and Rudolf Carnap, and collaborated (and feuded) with the likes of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper. Meeting regularly from 1924 to 1936, the group left an indelible mark on science, creating ripples through physics, mathematics, philosophy, economics, and even art and literature. But interwar Europe would sweep them up in its currents, dragging the Circle's passionate members into murders and suicides, love affairs and nervous breakdowns, political persecution and hair's breadth escapes. This was not the age for a new enlightenment: the Circle, denigrated as a hodgepodge of Jewish intellectuals, political radicals, and eccentric professors, had to flee a continent darkened by fascism and war. Nonetheless, their scientific mission endured, driving the development of the modern scientific method. Exact Thinking in Demented Times is the first book to tell the often outrageous, sometimes tragic but always riveting stories of the men who shaped present-day scientific thought. A dazzling group biography, this landmark book will make clear the debt we owe to those who dared to reinvent knowledge from the ground up. -- from dust jacket
Eugene Onegin by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A translation of an 1830s Russian novel, written in verse. The hero is Eugene, a bored young man who courts Tatyana, the heroine, and when she falls in love rejects her. But he will pay for it
Gödel, Escher, Bach : ein endloses geflochtenes Band by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

50 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gödel, Escher, Bach : les brins d'une guirlande éternelle by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

21 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in French and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publié aux Etats-Unis en 1979, ce best-seller international a notamment remporté le prix Pulitzer 1980. L'auteur, brillant professeur d'informatique, "établit des liens entre les gravures d'Escher, la musique de Bach et la logique mathématique, et nous rend intelligibles des similitudes cachées entre des domaines aussi variés que la biologie, la psychologie, la physique et la linguistique
The discovery of dawn by Walter Veltroni( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story about a man who reclaims his past. Giovanni Astengo keeps his life at arm's length: the father of a 12-year-old girl with Down syndrome, Stella, and a forlorn, world-weary 20-year-old, Lorenzo, Giovanni is also still searching for his own lost father, who vanished during a period of political terrorism in 1977. Revisiting the country house his parents used to frequent, Giovanni discovers there that he can call his 13-year-old self (on the eve of his father's disappearance, no less) by dialing his old phone number. Over the phone, Giovanni tries to change the future by having his younger self look for clues about his father's disappearance. There are fascinating intellectual tenets coursing through Veltroni's work, and the bond that forms between the two Giovannis is beautifully realized, as is the clarity that the older Giovanni finally achieves
La chamade by Françoise Sagan( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Paris in the mid-1960s, Lucile, a young, rootless woman, finds herself torn between a fifty-year-old businessman and a thirty-year-old hot-blooded, impulsive editor; and, in a companion to the novel, the translator describes the process of rewriting the novel
Einsicht ins Ich : Fantasien und Reflexionen über Selbst und Seele by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

25 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"En este libro excepcional (desafío a la inteligencia y la imaginación), el ganador del Premio Pulitzer en 1980, Douglas R. Hofstadter, y el filósofo Daniel C. Dennett exploran el significado del Yo y de la conciencia de sí mismo, internándose en perspectivas que incluyen la literatura, la psicología, la filosofía, el psicoanálisis y muchos otros ámbitos. ¿Qué es la mente? ¿Quién soy yo? ¿La materia puede pensar? ¿Dónde está el alma? El ojo de la mente procura responder a estas y a muchas otras preguntas acuciantes sobre la relación del hombre con su mundo, el universo, sus orígenes, y propone insólitos experimentos mentales, fantasías alarmantes, diálogos irónicos y deslumbrantes de ingenio: todos ellos proyectan la imaginación por caminos insospechados. Con materiales elegidos entre la narrativa de Jorge Luis Borges o la literatura de Stanislaw Lem, por ejemplo, o seleccionados entre las conjeturas científícas sobre las máquinas de pensar, la inteligencia artificial o la naturaleza del cerebro, Hofstadter y Dennett ofrecen un vértigo de imágenes del Yo y la mente: cada una de ellas con generalizaciones audaces, pero con aspectos rigurosamente científicos. Obra de arte, texto asombrosamente documentado, El ojo de la mente no puede sino seducir a una amplia gama de lectores: desde el más severo materialista hasta el creyente en espíritus y reencarnaciones."--Contratapa
Gödel, Escher, Bach : een eeuwige gouden band by Douglas R Hofstadter( Book )

28 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Butterfly in the quantum world : the story of the most fascinating quantum fractal by Indubala I Satija( )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Butterfly in the Quantum World by Indu Satija, with contributions by Douglas Hofstadter, is the first book 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."--Page 4 of cover
 
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The mind's I : fantasies and reflections on self and soulI am a strange loopMetamagical themas : questing for the essence of mind and patternVirtual music : computer synthesis of musical styleSurfaces and essences : analogy as the fuel and fire of thinkingFluid concepts & creative analogies : computer models of the fundamental mechanisms of thoughtLe ton beau de Marot : in praise of the music of languageAlan Turing : the enigma
Alternative Names
Douglas Hofstadter accademico, filosofo e divulgatore scientifico statunitense

Douglas Hofstadter Amerikaans filosoof

Douglas Hofstadter pisarz amerykański

Douglas Hofstadter universitaire américain

Douglas R. Hofstadter US-amerikanischer Physiker, Informatiker und Kognitionswissenschaftler

Hofstadter, Douglas.

Hofstadter, Douglas 1945-

Hofstädter, Douglas R. 1945-

Hofstadter, Douglas Richard 1945-

Ντάγκλας Χόφσταντερ

Дуглас Гофстедтер

Дуглас Хофштатэр

Хофштадтер, Дуглас

Դուգլաս Հոֆչտադտեր

דאגלס הופשטטר

דאגלס הופשטטר חוקר בינה מלאכותית אמריקאי

הופשטטר, דאגלס ר 1945-

הופשטטר, דגלס ר 1945-

داقلاس هافستادر

داگلاس هافستادر نویسنده و فیلسوف آمریکایی

دوغلاس هوفشتادتر

더글러스 호프스태터

호프스태터, 더글러스 R

ダグラス・ホフスタッター

ホフスタッター, D. R.

ホフスタッター, ダグラス・R.

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