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The Emperor's New Mind

Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

The Emperor's New Mind( )
Author: Penrose, Roger
Foreword by: Gardner, Martin
ISBN:978-0-19-851973-7
Publication Date:Nov 1989
Publisher:Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $30.00
Book 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...
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Book Details
Pages:480
Detailed Subjects: Computers / Artificial Intelligence / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.4 x 9.3 x 1.4 Inches
Book Weight:1.85 Pounds
Author Biography
Penrose, Roger (Author)
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.

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