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

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

Paperback Popular Science

By (author) Roger Penrose

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 40mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 12 December 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192861980
  • ISBN 13: 9780192861986
  • Illustrations note: numerous figures
  • Sales rank: 27,088

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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.

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Author information

Sir Roger Penrose is Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for Physics which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their joint contribution to our understanding of the universe. His other books are Spinors and Space Time: Vol 1: Two-Spinor Calculus and Relativistic Fields (CUP, 1987); Vol 2: Spinor and Twistor Methods in Space-Time Geometry (both with Wolfgang Rindler, CUP, 1986), Shadows of the Mind (OUP, 1994), The Nature of Space and Time (with Stephen Hawking, Princeton University Press, 1996), and The Large, the Small and the Human Mind (CUP, 1997).

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perhaps the most engaging and creative tour of modern physics that has ever been written Sunday Times

Editorial reviews

An important, erudite, and clear book. It challenges the assumption that the human mind is just a collection of wires and switches, refutes the suggestion that a computer will ever be able to replace the human mind, and points the way to new paradigms in science. This was the 1990 COPUS prizewinner. (Kirkus UK)

Table of contents

PROLOGUE; 1. CAN A COMPUTER HAVE A MIND?; 2. ALGORITHMS AND TURING MACHINES; 3. MATHEMATICS AND REALITY; 4. TRUTH, PROOF, AND INSIGHT; 5. THE CLASSICAL WORLD; 6. QUANTUM MAGIC AND QUANTUM MYSTERY; 7. COSMOLOGY AND THE ARROW OF TIME; 8. IN SEARCH OF QUANTUM GRAVITY; 9. REAL BRAINS AND MODEL BRAINS; 10. WHERE LIES THE PHYSICS OF THE MIND?; EPILOGUE; REFERENCES; INDEX.