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

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

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

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

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A lively, expertly rendered narrative of politics as a prelude to war."
A specialist in African-American history examines the tumultuous 1860 presidential election, perhaps the most consequential in American history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATHAN BOONE AND THE AMERICAN FRONTIER by R. Douglas Hurt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"The result is a book of only modest interest to students of frontier and US military history. (20 illustrations, not seen)"
A by-the-numbers biography of a minor figure in the history of the American West. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched, comprehensive look at the Civil War regiments who took the first step in the struggle to make their countrymen see them as intelligent, capable men."
The story of the black men, slaves and free, of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry, some of the greatest fighters of the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"But Hurt presents it as a litany of names, dates, and places—and sometimes crops, livestock, and diseases—with precious little of either analysis or drama. (20 b&w photos, 5 maps)"
Hurt (Agricultural History and Rural Studies/Iowa State Univ.) draws a plodding timeline in prose, tracing the conquest and settlement of Ohio by Native and then European Americans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"In a culturally literate world, all Americans would know the story of Quok Walker. Egerton provides it, and much more."
This history of slavery at the end of the colonial era proves to be a story of roads not taken. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"So far few have emerged, but Fields makes a convincing case that understanding this 'other brain' opens the door to dazzling possibilities."
A detailed exploration of a major part of the brain that has been ignored for decades. Read full book review >