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.
Publisher and industry reviews
perhaps the most engaging and creative tour of modern physics that has ever been written Sunday Times
UK Kirkus review
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)