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UNI to host Pulitzer Prize winner Douglas Hofstadter

February 23, 2012
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Debra Blanchard, secretary, mathematics, 319-273-6952, deb.blanchard@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science and adjunct professor of comparative literature at Indiana University, will present two lectures at the University of Northern Iowa.

Hofstadter will present his first lecture, "An Introduction to Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in Lantz Auditorium, in the McCollum Science Hall. The event is sponsored by the Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture, UNI Department of Mathematics and the UNI Faculty Senate Speaker Series Fund.

Hofstadter will present his second lecture, "Celebrating the Alan Turing Centennial: Some Critical Reflections," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in Lantz Auditorium. This lecture is sponsored by the UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions and the UNI Faculty Senate Speaker Series Fund.

Hofstadter received his B.S. with Distinction in mathematics from Stanford and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Oregon. His book, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid" won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize. Hofstadter is also involved in literary translation by translating poems and novels into English.

For more information, contact the UNI Department of Mathematics, at 319-273-2631 or mathematics@uni.edu.