Emperor's New Mind Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

ISBN-10: 0192861980
ISBN-13: 9780192861986
Edition: 1999 (Reprint)
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Description: For many decades, the proponents of `artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do. In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

For many decades, the proponents of `artificial intelligence' have maintained that computers will soon be able to do everything that a human can do. In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating roller-coaster ride through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine.

Born in England, the son of a geneticist, Roger Penrose received a Ph.D. in 1957 from Cambridge University. Penrose then became a professor of applied mathematics at Birkbeck College in 1966 and a Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University in 1973. Penrose, a mathematician and theoretical physicist, has done much to elucidate the fundamental properties of black holes. With Stephen Hawking, Penrose proved a theorem of Albert Einstein's general relativity, asserting that at the center of a black hole there must evolve a "space-time singularity" of zero volume and infinite density, in which the current laws of physics do not apply. He also proposed the hypothesis of "cosmic censorship," which claims that such singularities must possess an event horizon. In 1969 Penrose described a process for the extraction of energy from a black hole, as well as how rotational energy of the black hole is transferred to a particle outside the hole. In addition, Penrose has done much to develop the mathematics needed to unite general relativity, which deals with the gravitational interactions of matter, and quantum mechanics, which describes all other interactions.

Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books on a vast range of topics including "Did Adam & Eve Have Navels?", "Calculus Made Easy", & "The Annotated Alice". He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Prologue
Can a computer have a mind?
Algorithms and Turing Machines
Mathematics and Reality
Truth, Proof, and Insight
The Classical World
Quantum Magic and Quantum Mystery
Cosmology and the Arrow of Time
In Search of Quantum Gravity
Real brains and Model Brains
Where Lies the Physics of the Mind?
Epilogue
References
Index.

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