Douglas Hofstadter

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Birthday
15, 1945
Birthplace
New York
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
15, 1945 (age 74)
Birthplace
New York

About

American professor of cognitive science who won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, which was first published in 1979.

Before Fame

He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Oregon in 1975, after graduating from Stanford University with a BA in mathematics in 1959.

Trivia

Hofstadter's law, which he named after himself, states that it always takes longer to complete tasks of substantial complexity than you originally thought it would.

Family Life

He had two children with his first wife Carol Ann Brush.

Associated With

He has participated in panels about technological singularity with Ray Kurzweil .