From the list on mind bending scientific discovery and courageous rethinking.
Who am I?
I am a scientist and technologist, trained in theoretical quantum physics, who became an Emeritus Professor of Network Technology from Oslo’s metropolitan university. I’ve strenuously tried to communicate the wonder of science to students and industry throughout my career. I’ve been privileged to know some of the great movers and shakers of science in my lifetime and it always gives me great pleasure to open someone’s mind to new ideas. These books have been an integral part of my own intellectual journey. I hope these recommendations will inspire the youngest and the oldest readers alike.
Mark's book list on mind bending scientific discovery and courageous rethinking
Discover why each book is one of Mark's favorite books.
Why did Mark love this book?
This book is a legendary piece of writing, utterly unique in the history of literature.
As a child, I read this and was fascinated by the raw intellectual power of Hofstadter’s ideas, alongside the spirit of playfulness the book encourages. Back then, I did not understand the book well, but as many friends have told me—you will read the book many times in your life and be amazed by its rich multidisciplinary ideas.
No matter how deeply you understand the book on first reading, this book will be an inspiration for life.
Gödel, Escher, Bach
Why should I read it?
10 authors picked Gödel, Escher, Bach as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of maps" or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Goedel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.
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