An Eternal Golden Braid
An accessible explanation of Kurt Godel's groundbreaking work in mathematical logicIn 1931 Kurt Gdel published his fundamental paper, "e;On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems."e; This revolutiona...
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Douglas R. Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including I Am a Strange Loop and Surfaces and Essences, and has contributed to ten more. He lives in Bloomington.