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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics
By Roger Penrose and Martin Gardner (foreword by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date December 12, 2002
Pages 480
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780192861986
ISBN-10 0192861980
Dimensions 1.50 by 5 by 7.50 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $19.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do. Admittedly, computers now play chess at the grandmaster level, but do they understand the game as we do? Can a computer eventually do everything a human mind can do?
In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger Penrose--eminent physicist and winner, with Stephen Hawking, of the prestigious Wolf prize--puts forward his view that there are some facets of human thinking that can never be emulated by a machine. Penrose examines what physics and mathematics can tell us about how the mind works, what they can't, and what we need to know to understand the physical processes of consciousness.
He is among a growing number of physicists who think Einstein wasn't being stubborn when he said his "little finger" told him that quantum mechanics is incomplete, and he concludes that laws even deeper than quantum mechanics are essential for the operation of a mind. To support this contention, Penrose takes the reader on a dazzling tour that covers such topics as complex numbers, Turing machines, complexity theory, quantum mechanics, formal systems, Godel undecidability, phase spaces, Hilbert spaces, black holes, white holes, Hawking radiation, entropy, quasicrystals, the structure of the brain, and scores of other subjects.
The Emperor's New Mind will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in modern physics and its relation to philosophical issues, as well as to physicists, mathematicians, philosophers and those on either side of the AI debate.

Editions
Hardcover
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from Oxford Univ Pr (November 9, 1989)
9780198519737 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.90 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Advances the theory that despite burgeoning computer technologies, there will remain facets of human thinking that cannot be emulated by a machine
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Oxford Univ Pr (July 1, 2016)
9780198784920 | details & prices | 640 pages | List price $19.95
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With Martin Gardner (other contributor) | from Oxford Univ Pr (December 12, 2002)
9780192861986 | details & prices | 480 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $19.95
About: For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do.
Reprint edition from Penguin USA (January 1, 1991)
9780140145342 | details & prices | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $17.95
About: Advances the theory that despite burgeoning computer technologies, there will remain facets of human thinking that cannot be emulated by a machine
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781931056786
 
With Michael Jackson (other contributor) | Abridged edition from New Millenium Audio (December 1, 2001)
9781931056786 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Advances the theory that despite burgeoning computer technologies, there will remain facets of human thinking that cannot be emulated by a machine.

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