Search Results: "Douglas R. Hofstadter"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"An excellent and updated review of a major trailblazer's spin on AI. (Library of Science dual main selection)"
Artificial intelligence expert Hofstadter (Gîdel, Escher, Bach, not reviewed, etc.) challenges conventional computer simulations of reasoning. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 1997

"While Hofstadter deserves praise for trying to rekindle the romance between science and literature, he might have succeeded better had he recalled their long-shared history, instead of feeling called on to engineer a blind date."
The author of the famous meta-mathematical treatise Gîdel, Escher, Bach investigates the formal qualities of language, translation, and literature in a friendly, sometimes brilliant, but generally pedantic series of meditations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM A STRANGE LOOP by Douglas R. Hofstadter
NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 2007

"Doesn't quite add up to a unified theory of anything."
I think, therefore I am. But what is think, and what is I? Returning to themes first visited in Gödel, Escher, Bach (not reviewed), Hofstadter ponders most idiosyncratically. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 2013

"Certainly not for all readers, but first-rate popular science: difficult but rewarding."
How do we know what we know? How do we know at all? With an enjoyable blend of hard science and good storytelling, Hofstadter (I Am a Strange Loop, 2007, etc.) and French psychologist Sander tackle these most elusive of philosophical matters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EUGENE ONEGIN by Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"A masterly performance, and a thoroughly charming book."
Eugene Onegin ($22.00; May 1; 224 pp.; 0-465-02093-3). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUGLESS DOUGLAS by David Melling
by David Melling, illustrated by David Melling, developed by Hachette UK
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"This app won't win any awards for technological innovation, but it offers enough warmth and educational value to justify the price. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A cub searches for a much-needed bear hug. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL DOUGLAS by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A fleeting account of ambition tempered by experience, with special emphasis on reconciling past and present and finding a renewed sense of family."
Celebrity biographer Eliot (Steve McQueen, 2011, etc.) highlights American actor and producer Michael Douglas, considering his life and career through a competitive lens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON'T WORRY, DOUGLAS! by David Melling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Simple and sweet, with a winning streak of silly. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When bumbling Douglas wrecks a gift, what can he do? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOUGLAS MACARTHUR by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Featuring the use of new archives, a highly regarded historian offers a significant reappraisal."
A freshly critical life of the great American general, whose "spectacular successes were always haunted by his equally spectacular failures." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUGLESS DOUGLAS by David Melling
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Many of Melling's illustrations have rib-tickling touches, and a hilarious appendix shows the rabbit and a small flock of sheep demonstrating more than a dozen different hugs (the shy and unrequited hugs are particularly snort-inducing). (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lovable brown bear needs a hug, but he doesn't know his own strength. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

R-HU by Leslie Scalapino
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Demanding and strange, at times curiously affecting, more often simply infuriating."
The r-hu, we're told, is a Mongolian stringed instrument. Read full book review >