Gödel, Escher, Bach

An Eternal Golden Braid

Gödel, Escher, Bach

'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.

Godel, Escher, Bach

Godel, Escher, Bach

A young scientist and mathematician explores the mystery and complexity of human thought processes from an interdisciplinary point of view

Virtual Music

Computer Synthesis of Musical Style

Virtual Music

Based on a colloquium held at Stanford University, Nov. 8-9, 1997.

Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners

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.

Critical Communication Theory

Power, Media, Gender, and Technology

Critical Communication Theory

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.

The Power of Will in International Conflict: How to Think Critically in Complex Environments

The Power of Will in International Conflict: How to Think Critically in Complex Environments

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

Sweet Reason

A Field Guide to Modern Logic

Sweet Reason

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.

Physics, Metaphysics, and God

A Perspective on Physics Yielding to Metaphysics

Physics, Metaphysics, and God

"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