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The Emperor's New Mind

Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

Roger Penrose

April 2016

ISBN: 9780198784920

640 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Price: £10.99

In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour 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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In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine.

  • Offers an extraordinary tour of modern physics and mathematics
  • Explores the uniqueness of the human mind
  • Considers the practicalities of AI
  • Includes an updated preface
  • Part of the Oxford Landmark Science range: 'must-read' modern science and big ideas, which have shaped the way we think.

About the Author(s)

Roger Penrose, University of Oxford

Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College. He is known for his work in mathematical physics, in particular for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. His books include Shadows Of The Mind ( Vintage, 1995); The Road to Reality (Vintage, 2006); and The Nature of Space and Time, co-authored with Stephen Hawking (Princeton University Press, 2015). He has received several prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe.

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

Reviews

An extraordinary masterpiece. - Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathmatical Society

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

A superb book... provocative and absorbing - Physics Today

A bold, brilliant, groundbreaking work... When Mr Penrose talks, scientists listen - New York Time Book Review

. . One cannot imagine a more revealing self-portrait than this enchanting, tantalising book... Roger Penrose reveals himself as an eloquent protagonist, not only of the wonders of mathematics, but also of the uniqueness of people. - Nature

I fail to see how anybody can remain unmoved by the book's central theme, which concerns the nature of human beings... His style is relaxed and entertaining, There are nuggets on almost every page. - Financial Times

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